One of my favorite parts of each year is reading about the accomplishments of those nominated for our Lab and Laboratory Professional of the Year contests. It is amazing what some of these leaders can balance and excel in, given their busy schedules.
This year, our Laboratory Professional of the Year, Jeannette P. Dill, Microbiologist ll, Tennessee Department of Health Laboratory Services, Nashville, TN, was chosen as the point person for beta testing and validating a salmonella molecular serotyping assay based on her role as the lead PulseNet microbiologist for Tennessee.
Second Place Laboratory Professional of the Year Cherry-Ann Da Costa-Carter, MSc, MPH, MT(AMT), RPT(AMT), associate lab microbiologist and senior supervisor, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Public Health Lab, New York, visited dozens of nursing homes through the five boroughs of NYC to deliver lectures on infection control, respiratory etiquette and vaccination compliance as part of her Master's in Public Health degree.
While transitioning her laboratory to a Lean culture, Third Place Laboratory Professional of the Year Janet Walker, MPA, MT(ASCP), Laboratory Manager, Morristown Medical Center, Morristown, NJ, also helped create a Laboratory Unit Based Council, addressing practical issues and improving morale; as well as a Career Track program designed to promote advancement of the laboratory profession. Learn more about our winners at www.advanceweb.com/NMLPW.
These professionals certainly set the bar high, but they are just a small sample of the amazing healthcare professionals working to improve patient care, public health and opportunities for clinical laboratory professionals. What have you accomplished in the past year? Share your successes with ADVANCE!