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City of Norfolk recognizes Medical Laboratory Professionals Week with official proclamation

By Erica Howell

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 24-30, 2022, is an annual celebration of the hard work of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in healthcare and patient advocacy.

Dr. Barbara Kraj, program director for the medical laboratory science program at ODU, and a board member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science-Virginia, was presented with an official Proclamation from Mayor Kenny Alexander of the City of Norfolk to officially recognize and celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals' Week in Norfolk.

"Medical laboratory professional are essential members of the healthcare team who work tirelessly every day," said Dr. Kraj in her letter to the mayor.

Dr. Kraj and the mayor agreed: The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the importance of the laboratory workforce, and public awareness and celebration of the profession is well deserved.

Medical Laboratory Professionals Week originated in 1975 and many cities and states have recognized laboratory professionals by formal proclamations, and the City of Norfolk is now amongst them.

The proclamation states, in part, "During National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, we pay tribute to the hard work and dedication of the clinical laboratory science practitioners who provide high-quality care and contribute to the overall health of our region."

For more information about Medical Laboratory Professionals week, visit: https://ascls.org/lab-week-mlpw/

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