Clinical Laboratory Professionals Recognized by Brookings Health System

  • April 25, 2012

Certified Laboratory Technologist Kathy Sebert-Bortnem inspects a sample under a microscope.
Certified Laboratory Technologist Kathy Sebert-Bortnem inspects a sample under a microscope.

Brookings Health System is recognizing the significant contributions clinical laboratory professionals have made to the field of medicine by celebrating National Medical Laboratory Professional’s Week, April 22-28.

The clinical laboratory professional is a key member of today’s health care team. Laboratory professionals have the skills to unlock important medical information that is pivotal to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

Every day, nurses, physicians, and other healthcare workers depend on laboratory professionals to perform tests on blood and other body fluids, interpret the results, and help provide a complete picture of a patient’s health. Using modern biomedical equipment and complicated analysis, laboratorians can detect the presence of cancer, identify infectious viruses and bacteria, and measure glucose, cholesterol, or drug levels in blood. Without this precise and valuable information, medicine would simply become guesswork.

Brookings Health System’s on-campus laboratory performs a wide range of tests for inpatients, outpatients, and extended care facility patients. Because the lab is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, outpatients may schedule lab draws when it is convenient for them. For more information on Brookings Health System’s laboratory services, please visit

About Brookings Health System

Brookings Health System, located in Brookings, South Dakota, includes a 49-bed hospital, the 79-bed Brookview Manor nursing home, and Brookhaven Estates apartments. It is a non-profit, city-owned facility that offers the community a full range of inpatient, outpatient, and extended care services. The emergency room is staffed 24 hours a day and provides around the clock medical-nursing care for patient needs ranging from minor injuries to life threatening crises. For more information about the services offered at Brookings Health System, please call (605) 696-9000 or visit us on the Web at