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Abbott Announces Labs Are Vital(TM) Facebook Scholarship Contest Winners
Date:4/24/2008

ime of recognition for the vital contributions of medical laboratory professionals and board-certified pathologists, than by introducing the winning students who represent the future of the profession."

"Without the lab, healthcare would come to an abrupt halt. There is no substitute for qualified laboratory professionals ensuring correct tests are ordered, performed accurately, and results utilized appropriately."

Edward L. Michael

Executive Vice President, Diagnostics, Abbott

"Abbott is committed to the laboratory profession, and, like our customers, we are concerned about its future. With the severe workforce shortage currently facing the lab, it's critical to inform the next generation about the exciting and life-saving work laboratory professionals perform each day that impacts patient care, safeguards public health, and protects our nation's blood supply.

Addressing Lab Workforce Shortage Through Recruitment

The average vacancy rate for staff medical technologists has increased 50 percent since 2003, according to the American Society for Clinical Pathology's (ASCP) 2005 wage and vacancy survey. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates approximately 13,800 medical laboratory professionals will be needed every year through 2012 to fill vacant positions. Unfortunately, fewer than 5,000 professionals graduate from educational programs each year.

More than 70 percent of the objective information used to make diagnostic decisions -- which drive diagnosis and physician-prescribed treatment protocols -- is derived from the clinical lab.

Recruitment is one of many goals of the Labs Are Vital program. Others include improving the visibility of the clinical lab and demonstrating the value of the lab to the greater healthcare community. Abbott has been joined in this effort by many of the most influential professional organizations in the clinical lab arena, including: CLMA, American Society for Clinical
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