This week is National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW), and COLA is celebrating the important contribution that laboratorians make to patients achieving well-being and quality of life.
Nancy Stratton, Chief Executive Officer of COLA, kicks off this week with a video message to laboratory professionals nationwide. “Laboratorians are key to upholding the highest levels of patient care. They offer invaluable expertise related to test results during the diagnosis process and throughout treatment,” Stratton said.
COLA accredits clinical laboratories operating in many different settings including hospitals, physician offices, rural and community clinics, student centers, health fairs, ambulatory surgery centers, health maintenance organizations, healthcare systems, federally qualified health centers, nursing facilities as well as independent laboratories. “I started my career as a medical technologist in a variety of these laboratory settings, and I know just how important these professionals are and also how little credit they get. This is why National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is so important as we give thanks to laboratorians who work conscientiously each and every day to get tests right for patients,” said Stratton.
NMLPW originated in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week, under the auspices of the American Society for Medical Technology, now called the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science.