COLA is committed to quality laboratory medicine and during the pandemic, never has the work of laboratorians been more important.
Every year we are proud participants in National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and we give laboratorians the recognition that they deserve for their valuable work in the medical field. We want to honor all healthcare professionals as they fight to keep patients safe and healthy, however, we must take the time to recognize the unseen laboratory professionals that are testing and providing needed information for accurate diagnosis and quality care.
COLA will be launching our efforts to honor laboratorians early this year as they make a major impact on COVID-19 starting today with using the hashtag #UnitedToStopCOVID19.
“The media has done a great job of congratulating doctors and nurses for their hard work on COVID-19 and we are also thankful for their efforts and sacrifices during this pandemic. COLA appreciates and emphasizes the contributions of the medical laboratory professional. Those working in laboratories, including phlebotomists, processors, accessioners, data entry staff, couriers, laboratory warehouse personnel, and testing personnel are key to upholding the highest levels of patient care,” said Nancy Stratton, Chief Executive Officer of COLA. “During these uncertain times, now more than ever, medical laboratory professionals are the key to reigning in the virus. They offer invaluable expertise related to test results during the diagnosis process and throughout treatment.”
COLA has joined forces with healthcare professionals by sharing timely CDC LOCs alerts and information to keep the public informed. COLA is very proud to take part in celebrating the important contribution that laboratorians make to patients achieving well-being and quality of life.