How to enter your lab for MLO’s 2017 “Lab of the Year” award

Nominate your lab before the submission deadline of Friday, January 20, 2017.

By: Lisa Moynihan   
MLO’s 2016 Lab of the Year Awarded to Sentara Laboratory Services.
Read about them here.

MLO’s LOY award coincides with National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week — April 23-29, 2017 — and allows medical laboratories to demonstrate their contributions to quality patient care.

Medical laboratory submissions will be judged on measurable achievements in six areas. A panel of judges selected from MLO’s Editorial Advisory Board will review all submissions to select the winner and two runner-ups.

The winner and two runners-up will be featured in the April 2017 issue of Medical Laboratory Observer (MLO).

At the time of their notification, winning laboratories will be asked to submit photographs according to an electronic standards format.

How to nominate your lab


  • All nominations must be original and exclusive to MLO and not have been submitted – either original or edited – to any other publication or online media outlet currently or within the previous year.
  • Nominations for the MLO Medical Laboratory of the Year Award 2017 will be accepted only from employees of the laboratory system; utilizers of the laboratory’s services; and its non-vendor affiliates. This includes hospital administrators, laboratory personnel, nursing staff, and physicians.
  • Any nominated organization must be willing to share information regarding surgical volumes and annual performance and production details including number of instruments processed.
  • For the nomination, highlight as many specific, measurable achievements and goals over the past year.
  • Must include the following nominee information:

(a) Name
(b) Address, City, State and Zip
(c) Telephone number
(d) Email address

  • Must include the following nominated laboratory information:

(a) Institution name
(b) Address, City, State and Zip
(c) Telephone number
(d) Email address
(e) Number of full-time equivalents
(f) Scope of responsibilities
(g) Size of facility, number and types of tests performed

Entries will be judged on elements in the following 6 areas. Please structure your entry to cover all 6, in this order:

  1. Customer service – How the laboratory has handled lab tests and distribution of the results for internal customers, such as hospitals, physicians as well as patient safety and outcomes.
  2. Productivity – How the laboratory has increased output, improved service levels, and enhanced quality, cost savings, and patient benefits. Has use of technology helped contribute to productivity improvements?
  3. Teamwork – How well laboratory staff members work together; how they work to make the group greater than the sum of its parts.
  4. Education and training – How well the laboratory prepares staff members to do a safe, cost-effective, efficient job; how well it prepares members for career advancement. Do you have quality control measures and standards in place? Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP) Program?
  5. Strategic outlook – Does the department have a strategic plan? What does it entail? What are its elements of innovation, creativity, and originality?
  6. Lab inspections – What are the results of your laboratory inspections? Accreditation?

Please note there are no limits on the length of your entry. It is helpful to document any claims made. Documentation can include charts, PowerPoint presentations, word docs, excel spreadsheets, photos, etc.

Send submissions to:

Submission deadline: Friday, January 20, 2017

Lisa Moynihan
Our newest member of the editorial team, Lisa joined MLO in early 2015. She brings to the table over 15 years of pharmaceutical advertising management. Her industry experience includes developing marketing and educational campaigns for clinical research studies for both physicians and patients. Lisa is also a regular blogger, published freelance writer and social media guru.