Monthly Archives: April 2023

DHEC Public Health Laboratory Celebrates Medical Laboratory Professional Week

It’s Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, an annual celebration of medical laboratory professionals and pathologists who play a vital role in health care and patient advocacy.

This year the theme is “It’s Alright, Cuz You’re Saved by the Lab.”

Our Public Health Laboratory is an essential part of public health and consists of more than 100 laboratory professionals, both laboratorians and support staff. On a typical day, these professionals receive and process specimens sent to the laboratory, providing rapid and accurate results to medical service providers throughout the state.

By the Numbers

Number of specialized testing Laboratories, they include: Analytical Chemistry, Clinical Microbiology, Diagnostic Serology, Food Microbiology, Molecular, Mycobacteriology, Newborn Screening, Special Pathogens and Virology.

Number of specialized Support sections, they include:  Assay Development, Facilities Management, Instrument Services, Laboratory Information Management Systems, Media, Reagents and Glassware, Quality Assurance, Safety, Specimen Management and Supply.

Number of Lab professionals
(Laboratorians, Support Staff).

Over 1 million
Number of specimens processed, tested and reported to providers annually.

Choose Native Plants this spring for your garden

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia Hirta) photo by Doug Lockard (courtesy of SC Native Plant Society)

If you are considering doing some yardwork or gardening for Earth Day, our Environmental Affairs team encourages you to use South Carolina native plants. Many nurseries carry native plants, so please ask what is available at your favorite shopping location.

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