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Full Text of SR0702  97th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week
3(NMLPW) is celebrated annually to recognize the vital role in
4health care of more than 300,000 medical laboratory
5professionals and 15,000 board-certified pathologists; and
6    WHEREAS, NMLPW has been observed since 1975; the week
7honors the dedication and commitment of laboratory
8professionals to quality patient care; and
9    WHEREAS, The American Society of Clinical Pathologists
10(ASCP), in order to maintain both academic and clinical
11competency in the field, has certified more than 450,000
12individuals since its inception; and
13    WHEREAS, The ASCP Board of Certification (formerly the ASCP
14Board of Registry) was founded in 1928 and is recognized as the
15leader in certifying medical laboratory professionals by
16offering more than 20 different examinations for technicians,
17technologists, specialists, and diplomates in laboratory
18management; and
19    WHEREAS, Laboratory professionals, including pathologists,
20medical technologists, cytotechnologists, histotechnologists,
21medical technicians, phlebotomists and histological



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1technicians, and cytogeneticists and cytopathologists, are
2well-educated and highly trained specialists who perform,
3evaluate, and report the results of laboratory tests in order
4to detect and diagnose disease and to monitor treatment; and
5    WHEREAS, Laboratory test results comprise 70% of a
6patient's medical record, and collaboration between
7laboratories provides a comprehensive record of the patient;
9    WHEREAS, More than 10 billion laboratory tests are
10performed annually in the United States; and
11    WHEREAS, Laboratory professionals at the University of
12Chicago Department of Medicine and other quality institutions
13work behind the scenes of patient care; their expertise and use
14of state-of-the-art technology are critical components of the
15health care team that diagnoses diseases, selects treatments,
16and saves lives; therefore, be it
18ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we designate the week
19of April 22-28, 2012 as "Medical Laboratory Professionals Week"
20in the State of Illinois; and be it further
21    RESOLVED, That we encourage the people of Illinois to



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1observe Medical Laboratory Professionals Week by recognizing
2the vital role of medical laboratory professionals to the
3delivery of quality health care services; and be it further
4    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
5presented to the University of Chicago Medical Laboratory