Noyes Celebrates National Laboratory Week, April 20-April 26

Billy T —  Monday, April 21, 2014

Noyes Health is proud to recognize the many dedicated professionals who work in our laboratories services throughout the organization. Noyes laboratory professionals work hard to ensure that critical information about our patients’ health is delivered accurately with minimal turnaround time. Medical Laboratory Professionals Week allows us to spotlight the important role that laboratory professionals play as a vital part of the patient care team at Noyes Health.

Lab Week offers us a chance to show our gratitude to all of our dedicated workers on the Noyes Laboratory team—pathologists, medical laboratory professionals, phlebotomists and the administrative support personnel who keep things moving along on a day to day basis. And for those of you who ever wondered what all those folks in Noyes’ Laboratory Department do every day, 24/7, 365 days per year, here’s a brief overview.

Phlebotomist -Phlebotomists are trained to draw blood to be submitted for various tests. Phlebotomists need to know which vials to use for which tests as different vials are prepared and color-coded differently. Many of the phlebotomists that work at Noyes Health completed all or part of their six-week training program right here at Noyes Memorial Hospital.

Histotechnician – A Histotechnician is an expert in preparing and staining microscope slides that are used in diagnosing disease. Normally the Histotechnician prepares these slides but does not do the actual microscopic examination and diagnosis; this part of the process is reserved for a pathologist. Also known as histologic technologists, people working in these science jobs have an important role in diagnostic processes, as they must have knowledge of many different methods of specimen preparation, and be able to quickly decide on the best way to preserve tissues.

Medical Technologist- Medical technologists analyze specimens of human blood and tissue under a microscope to look for bacteria, parasites, cancerous cells, or other microorganisms. They match blood for transfusions, check blood levels for chemicals, drugs, or other factors. Additionally, medical technologists evaluate test results, develop and modify procedures, and establish and monitor programs, to ensure the accuracy of tests.

Pathologist – Pathologists are medical doctors who have completed residencies in Pathology, and are typically trained in both areas of Pathology-Anatomic and Clinical. Pathologists study bodily fluid, blood, and tissue samples, in order to diagnose illness or search for other medical conditions. A Pathologist may have a subspecialty such as clinical pathology, anatomical pathology, molecular pathology, surgical pathology, cytopathology, or forensic pathology. Some pathologists work only on samples from living people, in order to diagnose or treat diseases or conditions, while other pathologists deal with autopsies and sometimes criminal murder investigations.
Noyes is proud of all of the team members in our Laboratory Department that serve a critical role with professionalism and courtesy at all times, in all areas of our organization. We thank you for your hard work and dedication!