GRAFTON—Among the staff of a hospital are a devoted group of individuals tasked with using collected specimens to help diagnose, treat and care for patients.
Because of their hard work, diagnoses may be made and conditions treated, earning the Medical Laboratory Scientists at Grafton City Hospital (GCH) the right to be recognized.
Each year, medical laboratory staff and pathologists are celebrated during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.
Locally, Graton City Hospital will recognize their laboratory staff, who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy, during the nationwide event held this coming week, April 24-30.
And unlike years before, the hospital will be celebrating this special week in a new way.
“This year we are planning something different,” shared Andrea L. Grey, MT, Technical Supervisor, Technical Consultant at Grafton City Hospital. “We are hosting a 5K run/walk to raise money for a scholarship to help with a student enrolled in MLT/MLS school and an opportunity for staff to attend professional conference.”
Join GCH in the beautiful, scenic surroundings of Tygart Lake State Park for their Lab For Life, 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 30.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., where walkers and runners alike can sign up to take part in the event. Pre-registrations are occurring now at a reduced cost of $20 per applicant, and day of registration can be done for $25, which includes an official Lab for Life commemorative t-shirt.
“Kids under the age of 12 may participate for free with a registered adult,” Grey revealed.
The excitement starts at 8:30 a.m., and awards for the top three overall male and female finishers in the 5K will be presented beginning at 10:00 a.m. In addition, awards will also be given to the top three male and female finishers in each of the following age groups for the 5K: 12-20; 20-30; 30-40; and 50 and over.
Registration forms may be found on the hospital’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/gchwv. Those paying by check will need to make them payable to GCH.
“We hope that you all will come out and join us for this exciting run/walk, as we celebrate our laboratory staff,” expressed Grey.
National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week was instituted in 1975, when the American Society for Medical Technology, now the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, came up with the campaign to help raise awareness of these professionals and their crucial role in health care.
The goal of the week is to celebrate and recognize the clinical laboratory personnel that deliver results in hospitals and medical institutions across the country. Along with the medical technologists, various organizations participate in the event, annually.
“Medical Laboratory Scientists are highly skilled health care professionals who collect, process and analyze body fluids such as blood, tissue samples and other bodily fluids,” said Grey. “Their work is vital to properly diagnose, treat, and care for patients.”
These professionals are key members in today’s health care team.
“Laboratory results contribute more than 70 percent of medical decisions in healthcare. These scientists are dedicated to getting accurate and timely results to ensure excellent patient care,” Grey added.
Every day, nurses, physicians and other medical staff depend on this group of individuals to not only perform the tests, but to interpret their results and help provide a complete picture of a patient’s health.
Through their education and training, laboratory professionals can help assess whatever medical issue an individual is facing.
Using modern biomedical equipment and complicated analysis, laboratorians can detect the presence of cancer, identify infectious viruses and bacteria, and measure glucose, cholesterol or drug levels in blood.
“Without this precise and valuable information, medicine would simply become guesswork,” noted Grey.
She said that it is their goal to return accurate and timely results to ensure excellent patient care.
Patients can receive a high level of care without leaving Taylor County by choosing to have their lab work done at GCH, even if they are not a patient at the hospital. Services offered at the local lab include blood bank, hematology, chemistry, coagulation, serology and urinalysis.
“All patients have to do is bring their lab order and the team will take care of the rest,” said Grey. “Our wait time is usually under 15 minutes for most.”
The staff can immediately fax results after the completion of the test to the patient’s provider and their tests are consistent with those of much larger laboratories, which allows them to provide patients with the same high quality of care.
“Whatever the setting, behind the scenes or out in your community, laboratory professionals are by your side, working as key members of your health care team,” Grey voiced. “From April 24-30, please join these professionals in celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and their vital role in promoting and protecting your health.”