April 21 – 27, 2019 is marked as Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, an annual celebration of lab workers who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy.
Unsung heroes of patient diagnoses
When you think about the many faces of healthcare, your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, or other frontline care providers likely come to mind. However, did you know that up to 70 percent of all medical decisions are based on test results delivered by laboratory workers? In addition to those at your hospital, HCA Healthcare has thousands of dedicated professionals across the nation who facilitate laboratory testing—one of the highest volume activities across our hospital system.
From our phlebotomists to our pathology laboratorians, HCA Healthcare’s laboratory professionals play a critical role in patient diagnosis and treatment. For these often unsung medical professionals, speed and accuracy are important to provide quality, precise and timely patient care.
At HCA Healthcare, these lab professionals and our organization as a whole are working hard to ensure the right test is delivered to the right patient at the right time. Our Laboratory Stewardship initiative is part of a national effort to define and implement best practices associated with lab testing to improve care delivery through appropriate test utilization. We are committed to advancing better utilization of lab resources, which will ultimately enhance the value of patient care
Quality care is our first priority, and we see an opportunity to ensure we are providing the best possible care by asking the question, “Is this test really needed?” Lab Stewardship programs have the potential to positively impact the healthcare system by increasing patient satisfaction while reducing cost.
We are proud of the work our laboratory colleagues do every day, and to share how important their roles are to our delivery of excellent patient outcomes and experiences.
Happy Medical Laboratory Professionals Week!
Jonathan B. Perlin, MD, PhD President, Clinical Services Group & Chief Medical Officer HCA Healthcare
Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin is president, clinical services and chief medical officer of Nashville, Tenn.-based HCA Healthcare. He provides leadership for clinical services and improving performance at HCA Healthcare’s 185 hospitals and more than 1,000 outpatient surgical, urgent care and other practice units.