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National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

Thank you to all of our lab professionals

Hattiesburg Clinic continually strives to recognize hardworking teams throughout the clinic. During National Medical Laboratory Professional Week (NMLPW), an annual celebration that originated in 1975, we honor the medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in every aspect of health care, ensuring patients receive the proper tests, the correct diagnosis, and the right treatment. NMLPW is held during the last full week of April.

The laboratory is comprised of many employees throughout the main clinic and satellite clinics. Each having its own unique responsibility, of which one cannot function without the others.

In 2020, the laboratory played one of the most critical roles in fighting the global pandemic against COVID-19. When testing and supply availability seemed to be a daunting task, it was quickly overcome with the expertise of laboratorians who joined the fight with providers and health officials to strive to provide quality care in South Mississippi and across the country. While laboratorians are usually behind the scenes, through the pandemic, the laboratory became a front-line position.

Medical laboratory science professionals generate laboratory data that is needed to detect cancer, heart attacks, diabetes and identification of bacteria or viruses that cause infections, like the Sars-Cov-2 virus. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the laboratory supplies 70% of all the physicians’ information to make a diagnosis. These professionals manage dozens and dozens of tests across multiple laboratory medicine disciplines, utilizing manual, semi-automated and automated laboratory platforms. These tests are not just loaded on machines that do the work, either. After years of study in an accredited program, medical laboratorians spend countless hours conducting correlation and validation tests to ensure that the equipment and standards accurately perform these tests. Laboratorians maintain a professional certification in their specific medical-laboratory science field; many achieved this through post-baccalaureate studies.

We want to celebrate these healthcare heroes, who have always been essential. Thank you for all your hard work!


Keenon Walker


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