Howard Young Medical Center Laboratory Highlighted

The clinical laboratory professional is a key member of today’s health care team. Lab professionals have the skills to unlock important medical information that is pivotal to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

The Howard Young Medical Center laboratory has over 400 years of combined experience. Our team consists of Medical Technologists, Histologists, Pathologists, phlebotomists, and secretaries.

The Howard Young laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) which requires the Lab to meet regular and thorough inspections to ensure regulatory compliance is met and that the highest standards of excellence are achieved to positively impact patient care. The goal of the CAP Accreditation Program is to improve patient safety by advancing the quality of pathology and laboratory services through education, standard setting, and ensuring laboratories meet or exceed regulatory requirements.

Every day nurses, physicians, and other health care workers depend on laboratory professionals to perform tests on body fluids, interpret the results, and help provide a complete picture of a patient’s health. Using modern biomedical equipment and complicated analysis, laboratory professionals can detect the presence of cancer; identify infectious viruses and bacteria, and measure glucose, cholesterol, or drug levels in the blood. Without this precise and valuable information, medicine would simply become guesswork.

Laboratory professionals typically work in hospitals, physician offices, or private clinical laboratories, performing tests and monitoring the quality of their results. Others are employed by university or industrial research labs to seek solutions for medicine’s many unanswered questions. And these professional are increasingly found outside the traditional laboratory, participating in community health activities, conducting environmental testing, or serving in the Peace Corps.

Whatever the setting—behind the scenes or out in the community—laboratory professionals are there working as key members of the health care team. National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week takes place from April 19 -25, 2009, and recognizes the work of over 265,000 medical laboratory professionals and 15,000 board-certified pathologists who play a vital role in health care.

Howard Young Medical Center is one of the 6,000 hospitals worldwide to have met the highest standards of excellence. Lisa Michaelis-Alft, Laboratory Director, reports that it’s the staff that truly makes the difference. “We have a great team of Laboratory professionals working to exceed quality measures each and every day. The staff’s level of dedication to putting the patient first is truly outstanding. The behind the scenes work does makes a difference in the care of our patients.”

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