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Oswego Health Celebrates National Medical Laboratory Professionals

Hospital news | Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Contact: Jamie Leszczynski

(Oswego, NY – April 22, 2020) This week across the country many healthcare organizations may be celebrating National Professional Medical Laboratory Week. However, during this pandemic, for Oswego Health, it’s much more than just a week to recognize staff.

The Oswego Hospital Laboratory has played an integral role in screening for COVID-19. The Oswego Hospital Laboratory is staffed 24/7/365 with 79 employees, including a home draw phlebotomist program. With the COVID-19 mobile testing site right outside the hospital doors, the Oswego Hospital Lab can quickly prepare the specimen for further analysis at the designated lab centers such as LabCorp or Wadsworth Center.

In addition, though the home draw program has been offered to the community for over twenty years, during this pandemic it’s busier than ever before. In fact, a third phlebotomist has been added to the team to assist with the increase in requests. A total of 481 patients have been drawn for home draws between March 1-April 17.

Though National Medical Laboratory Professionals are only nationally recognized once a year, Oswego Health wants the community and the entire medical laboratory professionals and pathologists to know they play a vital role in every aspect of health care in Oswego County.