Norfolk, Virginia - April 2, 2003 - National Medical Laboratory Week (NMLW), April 20-26, 2003, is a time to honor the more than 280,000 medical laboratory professionals across the nation who perform and interpret laboratory tests that save lives and keep people healthy.
Pathologists, laboratory technologists, laboratory technicians, administrative and clinical support staff at Sentara Reference Laboratory, the region's only full-service reference laboratory, are among the many unsung heroes of the medical field today.
Sentara Laboratories has close to 500 employees in all. Using state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, laboratory professionals help to prevent disease by detecting unknown health problems and by aiding in the diagnosis and treatment of existing conditions by giving accurate, timely test results. Their significant contributions are accounted for daily with their performance of more than 10 billion tests each year in the U.S.
"Sentara Reference Laboratory strives to provide outstanding service every day," said Sylvia Richendollar, administrative director of Sentara Reference Laboratory. "We wouldn't be able to accomplish this without the extraordinary efforts of our laboratory staff. They are all critical in providing high levels of service to our communities."
Results of laboratory tests often identify the presence of disease in its earliest stages, when the possibilities of a cure are greatest and when treatment is least costly.
Medical laboratory professionals represent a variety of specialties, including pathologists, medical technologists, clinical laboratory scientists, medical laboratory technicians, histotechnologists, histologic technicians, cytotechnologists, cytopathologists, phlebotomy technicians, clinical chemists, microbiologists, laboratory managers, medical educators, clinical and administrative personnel.
Laboratory professionals can be found in hospitals, doctors' offices, clinics, research facilities, blood banks, public health centers, the Armed Forces, universities, and industry. Within the laboratory, these highly educated and experienced medical laboratory professionals may work in chemistry, serology, hematology, cytology, microbiology, immunology, coagulation, histology, urinalysis, molecular biology, or the blood bank.
Sentara Reference Laboratory plans to celebrate Lab Week by holding social gatherings and activities for staff at each Sentara laboratory site throughout the week. Sentara Reference Laboratory would like to offer special thanks to each of the NMLW 2003 Committee members for their efforts in coordinating special recognition for our outstanding laboratory staff: Connie Bacher, Patricia Bassett, Karen Bray, Kennet Depew, Sandra Fuller, Christine Gaston, Tammy Holbrook, June Lasnak, Jeanne Munday, Paula Upton, and Shelby Wilbur.
For more information about National Medical Laboratory Week, contact Jeanne Munday, Marketing Specialist, Sentara Reference Laboratory at (757) 668-3193, contact the NMLW Committee member for each Sentara laboratory location or visit the American Society for Clinical Pathology's Website at www.ascp.org/general/labweek.