S E N A T E R E S O L U T I O N
DECLARING APRIL 2 - 8, 2000, "NATIONAL MEDICAL LABORATORY WEEK"
WHEREAS, National Medical Laboratory Week (NMLW) is a special time set aside to recognize medical laboratory professionals; and
WHEREAS, It is a time of celebration for the approximately 265,000 medical laboratory professionals and 15,000 board certified pathologists who perform and interpret medical laboratory tests; and
WHEREAS, NMLW recognizes the vital role these professionals play in every aspect of health care; and
WHEREAS, This week of proclaim has grown increasingly important over the years as medical laboratory personnel celebrate their professionalism and are recognized for their efforts on behalf of their patients; and
WHEREAS, Often, the week is a time for laboratorians to inform and educate medical colleagues and the public about the medical laboratory; and
WHEREAS, Since medical laboratory professionals often work "behind the scenes," few people know much about the critically important testing that laboratorians perform everyday; and
WHEREAS, NMLW is also an excellent opportunity to promote medical laboratory professions, to recruit students to the field, to thank technologists and technicians, build morale, and gain visibility for the laboratory throughout the institution and the community; and
WHEREAS, Sponsored by a number of professional organizations in the medical laboratory field, "National Medical Laboratory Week" has been observed for many years; and
WHEREAS, The NMLW sponsors are responsible for choosing the annual theme and logo/button design. They also fund national publicity activities including a media release and a web page which individual laboratories may download for non-commercial uses; now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations hereby proclaims April 2-8, 2000, "National Medical Laboratory Week" and recognizes the excellent contribution that laboratory professionals make in today's society; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and he is hereby authorized and directed to transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to the National Medical Laboratory Week Sponsors.