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<br>Vail Valley Medical Center Laboratory Staff, dubbed “Aging Rockers.”

Vail Valley Medical Center Laboratory Staff, dubbed “Aging Rockers.”

Superheroes of the Medical Laboratory Gear Up for Lab Week

Monday, March 24, 2014

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Medical laboratory professionals nationwide are going all out to show their pride during Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 20–26. The staff at Vail Valley Medical Center Laboratory, in Vail, Colo., donned colorful wigs and costumes and called themselves the “Aging Rockers” for the photo they submitted to the ASCP Lab Week Photo Contest.

“We’re all of a certain age,” jokes Karen Glancy Todd, MT(ASCP), laboratory supervisor. “We really had fun with it.”

“I love what I’m doing. It’s a good feeling to know that you are helping other people.”
— Fergielynd Andres, MT(ASCP)

Lab Week honors those who work in laboratory medicine, often behind the scenes, but who make a significant impact on the lives of the patients they serve. The theme for this year’s Lab Week, Laboratory Professionals Get Results, demonstrates the close ties between correct diagnoses in the laboratories and the best outcomes for patients.

The top 16 photos will be determined by the number of "recommends" in ASCP's 2014 Lab Week Photo Contest Album. Deadline for submissions was April 10, 2014.

Superheroes of the Lab, from Morrill County Community Hospital

Laboratory professionals have demonstrated creativity for their photos, using backgrounds ranging from city landmarks to vacation destinations. The laboratory staff at Morrill County Community Hospital, Bridgeport, Neb., showcased local historic landmarks, posing in front of Chimney Rock, the county seat, historic trains, and their hospital.

“I love what I’m doing,” says an energetic Fergielynd Andres, MT(ASCP), who works at the hospital. “It’s a good feeling to know that you are helping other people.” Her colleague, Crystal Stowell, PBT(ASCP)CM, adds, “It’s great to work behind the scenes as part of a really cohesive team of professionals.”

Melissa Conaway, MT(ASCP),  and her colleagues at Preston Memorial Hospital, a 25-bed hospital in Kingwood, W.V., decided to be very tongue-in-cheek with their photo. “TV always makes our profession out to look like we do the most bizarre things, so we wanted to play off of that,” she says, laughing. “We have someone holding a chain saw. It got everyone’s attention.”

Joking aside, her department was commended for its leadership and received the hospital’s 2014 Department of the Year Award. Among its accomplishments, it has brought several new tests in-house, implemented a wireless system for physicians to electronically access EKG results from any location, and proactively sought to provide input into the design of the laboratory in Preston Memorial’s new hospital under construction.

Preston Memorial Hospital Laboratory parodied the way that medical laboratories are portrayed on TV. Note the chain saw in the background.

“My supervisor and I visited labs at new hospitals in the area that were of similar size to learn what they did right and what didn’t work,” Ms. Conaway says. “Most times, we found that the hospital administration didn’t include the lab leaders in the design of the lab. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to design your own lab.”

Now that’s pride.

Visit to enter the photo contest and learn about the amazing prizes that will be awarded to the winners.  Discover how your peers in the laboratory are celebrating Lab Week by clicking here.