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Apr 24
North Platte mayor proclaims April 23-29 as Med Lab Professionals Week

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North Platte Mayor Dwight Livingston proclaimed April 23-29 as Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in the community on Monday. Pictured left to right are: Danni Franzen, MPCC adjunct instructor and senior director of Ancillary Services at Great Plains Health; MPCC President Ryan Purdy; Livingston; Martin Steinbeck, MPCC's Medical Laboratory Technician program director; and Cassie Penn, Great Plains Health laboratory director.

April 23-29 is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week in North Platte, thanks to a proclamation Monday morning by Mayor Dwight Livingston. 

Livingston stopped by a Mid-Plains Community College med lab tech class at the college's Health and Science Center to make the announcement. 

Livingston was joined by MPCC President Ryan Purdy, Martin Steinbeck, the college's MLT program director, Danni Franzen, an adjunct instructor and senior director of Ancillary Services at Great Plains Health, as well as Cassie Penn, the hospital's laboratory director. 

Livingston said the week of recognition is an excellent opportunity to promote the behind the scenes work of med lab professionals, to recruit students to the field, to thank technologists and technicians and to gain visibility for the laboratory throughout the community. 

"The partnership between medical laboratory professionals and physicians is imperative to a patient's prognosis," said Livingston. "Without the completion of precise test results, a physician's ability to treat a patient is virtually impossible. Medical laboratory professionals' dedication to accurate testing saves countless lives every day and is vital to sustaining our state's high standards of health care."

Heather Johnson
Area Communications Specialist

Heather produces and distributes press releases for the college. She began work at MPCC in 2014. Prior to that, she spent five years as the news director/web manager for Eagle Radio in North Platte. From 2009-2014 she worked as a reporter/photographer for The North Platte Telegraph. Heather has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Chadron State College.

Brent L. Cobb
McCook Community College News Bureau Coordinator​​​