April 24, 2023
MCHD observes Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
MOBILE, Ala. — Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (Lab Week) is being observed April 23-29. This is an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy.
The theme for Lab Week 2023 is ”The Future is Lab.” This year, the Mobile County Health Department and Family Health—its primary care division — celebrate laboratory professionals who protect our future by skillfully adapting to meet today’s evolving patient care and public health challenges with resilience, innovation, and expertise. This theme also creates awareness and excitement about working in a laboratory setting.
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (Lab Week) provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel.
Laboratory technicians working for the Mobile County Health Department and Family Health, its primary care division, include:
Lawana Bradley (WIC), Frederica Crenshaw (Eight Mile), Christopher Cunningham (Keeler), Jessica Grissett (Keeler), Taylor Hardy (Keeler), Patricia Hudson (Clinical Training Team), Kimberly Kilpatrick (Keeler Pediatric), Shemeka Stokes Martin (Semmes), Rayna Mose (Women’s Center), Charletha Mosely (Southwest Mobile), Markiesha Norris (WIC), Marshalette Patrick (WIC), Reanna Perdue (Keeler), Ulrica Pernell (Keeler), Erica Redd (WIC), Rebecca Riggins (Keeler), Giovonnah Walker (North Mobile), Alexandra White (WIC), and Briana Young (Dauphin Island Parkway).
“I want to thank all Lab Techs for their hard work, dedication, professionalism and providing great customer service to our patients,” Ms. Hudson said. “Lab tests play a vital role in helping providers diagnose medical conditions, plan, and evaluate treatment while determining overall health and well-being. I’m proud to say we have a great lab team who is committed, supportive, and compassionate with a positive attitude.”
Lab Week, which takes place the last full week in April each year, is coordinated by a collaborative committee with representatives from 17 national clinical laboratory organizations. Now in its 47th year, it is important to reflect on the important history of Lab Week.
Medical Laboratory Professionals Week originated in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week, or NMLW, under the auspices of the American Society for Medical Technology, now called the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). In subsequent years, other organizations have served as co-sponsors and campaign supporters.