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Lab Week 2019

Posted on April 25, 2019

This week at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System is a special one because we are celebrating National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week. Lab Week is an annual celebration of lab staff who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy. Find out what the MHHS lab team has done to celebrate Lab Week below.  

Lab staff celebrating 2019 lab week.
Some of the dedicated lab staff at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System.

Celebrating Lab Week 2019:

The MHHS lab team has been celebrating  lab week in fun ways. They have been participating in office activities such as their Labikins Scavenger Hunt, Eye See You! challenge, Time Line challenge, Laboratory Professionals Week crossword challenge, and guessing the number of pieces of candy in a jar. These activities through the day not only encourages the lab staff but shows they know how to have fun.

Collection of items from the lab staff for their service project.
Some of the collected items from the lab staff for their service project.

In addition to having activities, the lab team has tackled a service project. Through this week, the staff has been collecting items such as shampoo/conditioner, toothpaste/toothbrushes, deodorant, shaving cream, brushes/combs, toilet paper, and much more for The Ministerial Association Temporary Shelter (MATS) in Morristown. Since 1987, MATS provides a full program to meet the needs of families and individuals regardless of race, culture, gender, religion, or age. More information on MATS can be found here. Our lab team wants to challenge other hospital departments to tackle a service project while they may be celebrating their recognition week. It is rewarding to give back to our community. 

Some of the lab staff sporting their lab week shirts designed by employee Mandy Hill.
Some of the MHHS lab staff sporting their fun lab week shirts, designed by co-worker Mandy Hill.

More about our Lab Team:

Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System has a highly skilled team of 47 Medical Laboratory Professionals, including 20 medical lab scientists, 19 lab assistants, two pathologists, three histo techs, and three lab/path office assistants. Last year, our lab performed nearly half a million lab tests, 67,734 chemistry panels, 67,536 complete blood counts, 3,238 flu tests, and more. Regarding the MHHS lab staff the laboratory manager, Beth Powers, said “We have been fortunate to create a great team and we want every team member to know how important they are to the success of this laboratory.”

The lab staff routinely perform maintenance, calibrations, quality control and proficiency testing on all of our analyzers to maintain high quality standards. They monitor turnaround times for lab tests to assure results are provided to physicians in a timely manner to ensure efficient patient care. They are also nationally accredited by the College of American pathologists (CAP) and American Association of Blood Banks. CAP is an accrediting agency recognized by JCAHO and serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating best practices in pathology and laboratory medicine.

All the labs in the Covenant Health system work together to get accurate test results as fast as possible. There are hundreds of types of tests available to doctors that can be performed within the Covenant Health system, and we are constantly striving to add more.

For example:Lab Week 2019
• Fort Sanders Regional’s laboratory performs Hepatitis testing for several of our hospitals
• Fort Loudoun performs tumor markers such as CA 125 and CA 19-9
• Most PCR testing is performed at Parkwest. This means fewer specimens have to be sent to out-of-state labs, and doctors get results sooner.

Join us in celebrating our medical laboratory professionals during National Lab Week. For more information on National Lab Week, visit The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science’s website here.

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