April 19, 2007

Next week is the 32nd annual National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and this year the emphasis is on professional quality and the quality of care that lab professionals provide patients and physicians.

The tradition began in 1975 as a joint project of several US laboratory organizations as a way to call attention to the work that is mainly conducted behind the scenes. The theme this year is billed as “Quality Care from Quality Professionals.”

There are more than 300,000 laboratory technicians and technologists in the United States and an estimated 15,000 pathologists that form the backbone of modern hospitals.
President Bush said that National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is an opportunity to recognize the contributions of the men and women whose work helps detect and prevent disease, monitor treatment, and save countless lives.

Information can be found at the Lab Week Web site.