WHEREAS, the health of all Americans depends upon educated minds and trained hands; and
WHEREAS, the practice of modern medicine at the standards we now enjoy would be impossible without the scientific tests performed daily in medical laboratories; and
WHEREAS, these highly trained and dedicated health professionals make an invaluable contribution to quality health care and save countless lives each day by providing reliable laboratory test results required for prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease; and
WHEREAS, the diversified employees of the laboratory include pathologists, medical technologists, histologists, cytotechnologists, microbiologists, medical technicians, laboratory assistants, phlebotomists, medical secretaries and transcriptionists, and laboratory clerical staff who perform their related duties 24 hours per day every day of the year; and
WHEREAS, laboratory medicine is an honorable profession which should be recognized by all individuals as vital to the high standards of health care enjoyed in Michigan;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 20 – 26, 2014 as Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in Michigan.