Department of Laboratory Medicine
 
 
About Us: Vision, Mission, and Goals Statements

Mission
The Department of Laboratory Medicine serves as the clinical laboratory of the NIH Clinical Center. The Department provides laboratory support for patient care and research protocols and performs research and training in disciplines of Clinical Pathology.

Vision
The Department of Laboratory Medicine provides state-of-the-art laboratory testing in support of Clinical Center patient care and will serve as a center of excellence in research and training in laboratory medicine, particularly in areas which utilize the unique strengths of the National Institutes of Health.

Goals
We are committed to the following goals:

  • Respectful, compassionate, and high quality patient care
  • High standards of clinical laboratory practice and efficiency
  • Optimal support of clinical research protocols
  • Excellence in applied and medical research
  • Professional and career growth of staff and trainees
  • Excellence in training in the disciplines of laboratory medicine
  • A workplace characterized by mutual respect, teamwork, and open communication
  • Good stewardship of our environment

Objectives within each goal

  • Respectful, compassionate, and high quality patient care
    Training in improved customer service
    Monitoring of environment of patient care areas
    Monitor patient waiting time and satisfaction
  • High standards of clinical laboratory practice and efficiency
    Development and refinement of effective performance measurement systems
    Insuring the highest level of patient safety
    Quality assurance for total testing process
    Staying at the leading edge of technology to improve clinical care and lab efficiency
    Providing consultative services for patient care
     
  • Optimal support of clinical research protocols
    Interface with principle investigators regarding protocols relying extensively on laboratory testing
    Customization of sample collection, processing, and testing to meet the needs of protocols
  • Excellence in applied and basic medical research
    Support of research as a central part of our mission
    Measurement of research performance and linkage of resources to performance
    Development of collaborations with governmental and non-governmental entities
    Identification of areas of research emphasis and opportunity
  • Professional growth and career growth of staff and trainees
    Encourage and support continuing education
    Monitor continuing education of staff
    Develop an environment that encourages life-long learning
  • Excellence in training in the disciplines of laboratory medicine
    Accreditation of training programs
    Recruitment of high caliber trainees
    Development of information resources
    Mentoring of trainees
  • A workplace characterized by mutual respect, teamwork, and open communication
    Maintains forums and channels for communication and discussion among staff
    Encourage respect for diversity by training and example
  • Good stewardship of our environment
    Minimize waste generation, use of hazardous materials and radionuclides
    Encourage recycling efforts
Page last updated: 08/31/2015