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Healthcare professionals mark local annual awareness events



Staff Writer


Lincoln County Public Health professionals are gearing up for their annual awareness events this month. National Public Health Week will be celebrated April 7-13, while Medical Laboratory Professionals Week will be celebrated April 20-26.

This year’s theme for National Public Health Week is “Public Health: Start Here.” While National Public Health Week is sponsored by the American Public Health Association, it is celebrated by many.

This year, the American Public Health Association hopes to rally stakeholders and members of the community around the importance of public health. In their press release, Lincoln County Health Department officials said the National Public Health Week comes at a vital time with the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act ending on March 31. Officials hope that together, the public health world and the healthcare world will be able to work together to provide proactive and comprehensive prevention programs and provisions to assist in keeping people and communities healthy and safe.

Those interested in learning more about National Public Health Week should visit www.nphw.org.

Celebrated later this month, the Medical Laboratory Professionals Week will center on the theme “Laboratory Professionals Get Results.” The week is celebrated by many organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. The ASCP hopes to demonstrate the close ties between correct diagnosis in the laboratories and the best outcomes for patients.

The Lincoln County Health Department currently employees two medical laboratory professionals, Lab Manager Terry Rhyne and Lab Technician Jessica Freeman. Rhyne and Freeman have provided lab services to both in-house and outside practices for more than 37 years. In-house services at the Lincoln County Health Department’s lab include blood collection, hematology, urinalysis, microscopy, chemical profile testing, water testing and pregnancy tests.

“With our state of the art equipment, we are able to process many labs in-house as opposed to sending them to another lab,” Rhyne said.



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