Iredell Health System’s Pathology and Medical Laboratory Services department is celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play vital roles in healthcare and patient advocacy.
The celebratory week recognizes the role each Iredell Laboratory team member plays within the Health System, ensuring that patients receive the right tests, diagnoses, and treatments.
The Iredell Laboratory team includes phlebotomists on the front lines who are experienced in performing patient venipunctures for laboratory blood collection. Medical Director & Pathologist Georgia Olympio, MD, a pathology secretary, pathology assistants and histology technologists work together to provide pathological reports and histological processing of patient specimens.
The Iredell Laboratory is the largest hospital-based laboratory in Iredell County. It includes medical laboratory technicians and technologists who perform diagnostic testing throughout various lab departments including Hematology, Urinalysis, Coagulation, Transfusion Medicine, Molecular Microbiology, Microbiology, Immunology, Chemistry, Point of Care, Histology, Cytology, Computer Information Systems, Clerical Support, Specimen Processors, and Pathology.
Accredited by the College of American Pathologists, the laboratory is staffed round-the-clock to provide continuous diagnostic information to physicians and patients. Its technologists and technicians are certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology or equivalent certification.
“The laboratory staff usually are not seen by patients or most hospital staff and mostly are behind the scenes. These team members play a crucial role in every day operations, and have been a key player in providing excellent diagnostic information to our physicians, nurses, and patients during the current pandemic,” said Iredell Laboratory Director Mark Berry. “I am proud to be a part of the laboratory here and to see every day what hard work and selfless dedication look like from the laboratory staff here at Iredell Health System.”