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DOH-Palm Beach Salutes Medical Laboratory Professionals

By Public Health Communications

April 27, 2017

Palm Beach County – During Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 23-29, 2017, the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County recognizes its medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care. Contributions of medical laboratory professionals in the diagnosis and prevention of disease often go unnoticed because they mainly work behind the scenes in the laboratory. Nationally recognized Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is a time to show support and gratitude to the laboratory professionals who work tirelessly to ensure the quality and safety of patient care.

Each day the work of lab professionals saves lives, reduces morbidity, and helps control the cost of care in thousands of hospitals. They are a vital part of the care each of us receives as they deliver accurate test results every day and serve as part of the health care team to guide and assess patients’ ongoing treatment and care.

 “Our clinical laboratory professionals work every day to assure accurate lab tested information is used in the preventive care of all patients,” said Alina Alonso, M.D., Director, Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County.  “Their information is critical to diagnosis and treatment provided by all medical professionals.”

 Laboratory tests are the most cost-effective, least invasive source of the objective information used in clinical decision-making and drive 75% percent of clinical decisions from diagnosis through therapy and prognosis, according to the College of American Pathologists. Because of the significant contribution diagnostics provide to delivering the right care to the right patient, laboratories will be key to driving the needed changes to achieve system-wide excellence that improves patient outcomes.

 During Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County salutes its laboratory professionals team. 

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