Shore Health System will celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals Week this year from April 22 through April 26. This celebratory week is an annual recognition of the greater than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals and pathologists across the country that are essential to the success of the health care industry, performing more than 10 billion laboratory tests annually nationwide. Another purpose of this celebratory week is to inform and educate members of the local community and other medical professionals about medical laboratory services and the impact that having such dedicated and knowledgeable professionals has on providing quality patient care, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Because laboratory professionals typically work behind the scenes of any health care setting, the crucial testing that they perform each day often goes unnoticed; however, they play a vital role in the diagnosis and prevention of disease.
In addition to the full-service laboratories at Dorchester General Hospital, Memorial Hospital at Easton and the Queen Anne’s Emergency Center, Shore Health System also provides outpatient laboratory services at 15 Sunburst Center in Cambridge; the Centreville Diagnostic Center at 2540 Centreville Road in Centreville; Denton Diagnostics at 838 S. 5th Avenue in Denton; the Diagnostic and Imaging Center at 10 Martin Court in Easton; and the Shore Medical Pavilion at 125 Shoreway Drive in Queenstown. “Thus far in 2013,” commented Michael D’Arcangelo, MT (ASCP), DLM, MS, MBA, Director of Laboratory Services, “Shore Health System laboratory sites have performed a total of 243,910 tests on members of the local community.”
All Shore Health System laboratories are accredited and licensed by The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the American Association of Blood Banks, The Joint Commission, CMS and the State of Maryland.
Shore Health laboratory staff members work diligently to meet the needs of the community by offering early morning and weekend hours at various locations. In addition, lab staff participates in community health fairs, providing vital health information and free screening tests that can provide valuable information to patients’ physicians. Shore Health Laboratories provide services to many local skilled nursing facilities in addition to drawing specimens and performing STAT testing for other local lab service providers.
“Our laboratory professionals,” remarked D’Arcangelo, “are extremely proud of the quality care and customer service provided to members of our local communities at all of our service sites. The knowledge and professionalism of our staff is unparalleled and provides benefit to our patients in the timeliness and accuracy of our testing.”
For more information about laboratory services offered by Shore Health System, visit www.shorehealth.org.
In photo: (Lab Week DGH 2013) Laboratory professionals at Dorchester General Hospital in Cambridge include (front row, left to right) Beverly Ferguson; Jessica Adkins; Kim Elliott; JoAnn Phillips; (back row) Belinda Wixon; Lori Ferko; Rachel Budd; Linda Foss; Lori Huber; Joyce Coleman; Meredith Coulby; and Mike D’Arcangelo, Director of Laboratory Services, Shore Health System.