TriStar Centennial April 26, 2012

National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week is April 22-28

About 70% of physician decisions are based on laboratory test results.

TriStar Centennial Medical Center's laboratory processes an average of 4,000 tests per day.

More than 10 billion laboratory tests are performed in the United States each year.

National Laboratory Professionals Week has been celebrated for 27 years.

Data estimates that each year (through 2018) the demand for testing personnel is increasing approximate 14%

Nashville, Tenn., (April 26, 2012) – More than 70 percent of physician decisions are based on laboratory test results. These results are vital to healthcare professionals providing diagnosis and treatment of patient illness and disease.

Diane Empie, TriStar Centennial Medical Center’s administrative director of the medical lab, fully recognizes the impact her team of highly trained laboratory professionals has on quality healthcare for the hospital’s patients. The lab is staffed 24/7, processing an average of 4,000 tests per day. Laboratory test types include chemistry, hematology, coagulation, blood bank, microbiology, parasitology and urinalysis. More than 2,000 types of tests can be ordered through TriStar Centennial’s lab.

“Our team supports most every patient that comes to TriStar Centennial Medical Center,” she explained. “The timeliness and accuracy of the results we provide directly impact the provider’s ability to diagnose and treat an almost limitless range of diseases.”

Laboratory tests play an incredibly important role in patient care and often occur behind the scenes from patients, visitors, providers, and clinicians alike. Empie believes it is important to celebrate her team and maintain awareness of their significant contributions each year during National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.

“We’ve all talked with a friend, family member, physician or nurse about lab test results. I’m not sure how many of us stop and think about how those test results were processed and sent back to a provider,” she said. “Our team is behind each of those results and so we take this week to recognize our medical lab professionals for their commitment and hard work, day in and day out,” she said.

Since 1975, laboratory professionals around the world set aside one week to celebrate contributions to patient care. National Medical Laboratory Week 2012 is from April 22 to 28.

Celebrating 44 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of the TriStar Health System, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room at Spring Hill will provide 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities when it opens in 2013. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health System, call TriStar MedLine at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

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