2008-05-16 / Community

PHC Celebrates Laboratory Professionals

Peninsula Hospital laboratory professionals pictured (front row, l-r): Sharon Gentiles, Carol Ganeles, Jatis Saxena, Mary Opperman, Remedios Real, Rita Closky, Susan Green and Cecil Lawrence. Pictured back row (l-r): Djamel Bentarzi, Supervisor; Greg Guinard; Errol Hylton; Dr. Marshall Daniels, Lab Medical Director; and Luda Portnoy. The laboratory professionals are joined in their celebration of National Laboratory Professionals Week by Allen Corby, Vice President, Operations (left) and Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer (right). Peninsula Hospital laboratory professionals pictured (front row, l-r): Sharon Gentiles, Carol Ganeles, Jatis Saxena, Mary Opperman, Remedios Real, Rita Closky, Susan Green and Cecil Lawrence. Pictured back row (l-r): Djamel Bentarzi, Supervisor; Greg Guinard; Errol Hylton; Dr. Marshall Daniels, Lab Medical Director; and Luda Portnoy. The laboratory professionals are joined in their celebration of National Laboratory Professionals Week by Allen Corby, Vice President, Operations (left) and Robert V. Levine, President and Chief Executive Officer (right). Peninsula Hospital Center, an affiliate of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, recently celebrated National Laboratory Professionals Week and honored this department for being an excellent example of this year's theme: "Delivering Today's Results For a Healthier Tomorrow."

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is now in its 33rd year and it is important to reflect on its important history. In 2005, National Medical Laboratory Week was changed to National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week to emphasize the people whose expertise is needed in the performance of laboratory testing. There are approximately 300,000 practitioners of clinical laboratory science in the United States, including the 50 full time laboratory staff personnel at Peninsula Hospital Center. Since the development of this career group in the 1920s, the clinical laboratory science professional has played an increasingly vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease. Today, the clinical laboratory professional is a key member of a health care team.

As team members of one of the largest industries in the United States, the dedicated efforts of laboratory professionals often go unnoticed by the general public.

With the public now demanding the assurance of quality health care and professional accountability, organizations representing practitioners of this critical science have a responsibility to ensure that the public is well informed about clinical laboratory competency.

Beyond meeting this public need, the celebration of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week will help increase recognition for the profession as it improves the individual practitioner's sense of selfworth. Further, as the various professional groups within laboratory practice work together on this project, the sense of unity and purpose necessary to further the goals of all laboratory professionals is reinforced.

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