|NCH Honors Laboratory Teams During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week|
During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 22-26, 2013, NCH Healthcare System specially recognizes its laboratory professionals and celebrates their dedication as crucial members of the health care team, collaborating together to improve patient care and outcomes.
From small practices in rural towns to metropolitan hospitals, more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals deliver accurate test results every day and serve as part of the health care team to guide and assess patients’ ongoing treatment and care.
“I salute our outstanding laboratory professionals and all laboratory teams across the nation working together to provide accurate results for patients. They are the cornerstone of diagnosis and an integral part of the larger patient care team, directly contributing to preserving and enhancing patients’ lives,” said H. David Greider, MD, FCAP, pathologist and Medical Director at NCH Healthcare System’s Laboratories.
During Lab Week 2013, NCH is celebrating laboratory professionals’ contribution to patient care. Using state-of-the-art technology and instrumentation, laboratory professionals perform and supervise tests that lead to the detection of potential health problems; the sooner a disease is caught, the likelihood increases for a positive outcome. Lab Week’s theme, Laboratory Professionals Get Results, recognizes the proactive, collaborative role laboratory professionals play in advancing patient care. NCH plans to recognize the Laboratorian of the Year and the Lab Assistant of the Year at each site. This is an annual tradition that goes back more than 25 years. More than 150 laboratorians staff the facilities at NCH Downtown Lab, NCH North Naples Lab, Community Blood Services, Marco Island Healthcare Center, and NCH Physicians’ Group.
NCH Healthcare Systems laboratories are accredited by the College of American Pathologists, and are CLIA-certified. As such, the laboratories are held to rigorous standards of quality assurance with in-depth onsite peer review inspections every two years.
Physicians with the “FCAP” credentials are Fellows of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The CAP, known for more than 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society serving more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care.