National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW), April 22 to 28, 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. Fisher-Titus Medical Center's laboratory professionals are among the many unsung heroes of medical healthcare.
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. The laboratory tests results comprise an estimated 70 percent of the patient's medical records and are vital to the diagnosis and treatment of illness and disease.
In 2006, FTMC's laboratory completed 443,240 procedures including tests such as urine analysis, complete blood count, cultures and blood banking. Currently, the local laboratory has 38 employees including secretaries, phlebotomists, medical technologists and pathologist, Dr. William Cornell.
"We are proud of the work we do," said Robert Everett, FTMC's technical laboratory director. "We have to be painstakingly meticulous in performing our jobs to provide dependable answers to your family physicians."
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 and medical educators.
These 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.