Each April, the MGH joins the nationwide celebration of Laboratory Professionals Week, which celebrates medical laboratory professionals who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy. The week also provides the profession with an opportunity to increase public understanding of – and appreciation for – clinical laboratory personnel. The MGH celebrates the week, April 22-28, with employee events and meals, lectures, trivia activities and giveaways. Staff also will host an information table April 24 in the White corridor.

This year, the Pathology Department reached out to the leaders of major clinical programs and areas throughout the hospital to share testimonials about how pathology laboratories contribute to their clinical mission.

“We appreciate the kind words and recognition from these departments,” says David Louis, MD, chief of the MGH Pathology Service. “Our lab personnel, often working behind the scenes, understand how much the critical testing they perform every day assists with patient diagnosis and treatment. It is wonderful to hear these roles highlighted by our colleagues.”

Testimonials:

“We could not do all that we do at the MGH Transplant Center without the dedicated teams of professionals in the clinical and HLA lab settings to support our mission. Our patients have received lifesaving organs and gone on to thrive because of what each lab professional has done and continues to do 24/7. We are truly indebted to you.”
– Paul Myoung, administrative director, and Joren C. Madsen, MD, director, MGH Transplant Center

“When Ebola was first recognized as a potential threat in the United States in 2014, most hospitals were unable to provide even basic laboratory testing capabilities for patients suspected of an Ebola infection. The hospitals’ inability to promptly diagnose and treat patients often adversely affected clinical care. At the MGH, however, staff worked diligently to ensure the hospital could provide a basic level of safe clinical laboratory evaluation for all patients, no matter what disease we suspected. Now – after years of growth – the MGH Biothreats Laboratory Program has dedicated equipment and facilities that support the diagnostic and clinical care needs of any patient admitted to the Biothreats Care Unit. The National Ebola Training and Education Center called the lab’s biothreats program ‘amazing’ and ‘admirable.’  We couldn’t agree more.”
– Paul Biddinger, MD, vice chairman for Emergency Preparedness, and Robert Seger, executive director, MGH Emergency Medicine

“The MGH Pathology laboratories are an essential component of our multidisciplinary care team approach here at Mass General Cancer Center. Their work is integral from initial diagnosis to their complex interpretation of tumor tissue samples. By looking at cancer closely under the microscope, pathologists are often able to predict how well a patient will respond to a particular treatment, and help guide or change our care for them as time evolves. This makes it possible for our clinicians to make personalized medical decisions for our patients based on their findings.”
– David Ryan, MD, chief of MGH Hematology/Oncology



Read more articles from the 04/20/18 Hotline issue.