Massachusetts General Hospital will join the nationwide celebration of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 21-27 - during which the MGH will celebrate April 22-26. The annual celebration recognizes those laboratory professionals who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy. Throughout the week the hospital will host employee events and meals, lectures, trivia activities and giveaways, and an information table in the White corridor April 23 for staff to learn more about the Pathology Service and what they do.

“Mass General Pathology lab personnel work behind the scenes but keenly understand how the critical testing that they perform every day assists with patient diagnosis and treatment,” says David Louis, MD, chief of the Pathology Service. “In this light, we greatly appreciate the kind words and recognition from our colleagues involved in direct clinical care.”

The hospital’s Pathology laboratories contribute to the clinical mission of countless clinical programs, services and areas throughout the hospital. Here is what leaders of some of these clinical areas had to say:

“We in the operating room are truly blessed to have a great relationship with the dedicated professionals of the Pathology lab. The staff are professional, friendly and always available to help our staff. They are an extended part of the perioperative team working to provide the very best for our patients.  We are grateful to have them as part of our team.” -Michael Farrell, RN MS, CNOR, nursing director, Perioperative Services Operating Room

“The Division of Infectious Diseases could not do its work without the outstanding and highly collaborative work of the Microbiology Laboratory in the Department of Pathology. The Microbiology Laboratory provides round-the-clock world-class services in virology, bacteriology, mycology and parasitology, through the application of cutting-edge technologies. These collaborative efforts play critical roles in advancing patient care and outbreak response, as well as in facilitating Mass General infection control and antimicrobial stewardship programs. The close communication and interactions between Infectious Disease and Microbiology staff means that critical decisions are made in real time, facilitating targeted and lifesaving treatments and interventions. Quite simply, the Mass General Microbiology Laboratory is a central and critical component of the outstanding care patients and their families receive at the MGH.” -Edward Ryan, MD, director, Global Infectious Diseases

Read more articles from the 04/19/19 Hotline issue.