NMMC lab professionals celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 22 - 28

20 April 2012

FORT KENT- In an era when healthcare professionals depend heavily on computers and high-tech instruments to perform their work, the microscope is still a mighty weapon in the fight against disease.

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The NMMC Laboratory Team - Contributed image

National Medical Laboratory Weeks provides this profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel.

There are approximately 300,000 practicing laboratory technicians in the United States. Since the development of this career group in the 1920s, the lab professional has played an increasing vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. Lab techs work “behind the scenes,” connected to almost every department in the hospital. It is estimated that up to 80 percent of health care decisions are influenced by laboratory analyses.

The laboratory at Northern Maine Medical Center is fully accredited by JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations).

The NMMC lab processed more than 335,000 tests in 2011, servicing our inpatients, outpatients, area nursing and boarding homes, various clinics, outpatient centers, and homecare agencies.

Lab professionals take their work seriously and know that every name and number processed are not solely “names and numbers,” they have a patient attached to them, a patient whom they care about and who rely on them to provide their physician with accurate results as part of their ongoing care.

During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, NMMC laboratory workers make an effort to educate the public about what goes on behind their doors, and they also take the time to celebrate their profession.

NMMC asks the public to please join them in celebrating this week and they thank the public for choosing their laboratory for their services.

“We want to show you that our enthusiasm to better serve you will be “infectious” throughout the year.”