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DHSS Press Release



Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
302-255-9047, Pager 302-357-7498
Email: jill.fredel@state.de.us

Date: April 5, 2012
DHSS-36-2012





PUBLIC HEALTH LAB CELEBRATES NATIONAL MEDICAL LABORATORY PROFESSIONALS WEEK WITH OPEN HOUSE.VISITORS TO LEARN HOW STATE LAB AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL AND PREPAREDNESS SERVICES PROTECT DELAWAREANS


The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) Public Health Laboratory and Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness sections will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, on the campus of the Delaware Hospital for the Chronically Ill (DHCI), at 100 Sunnyside Road in Smyrna. The event will promote the role of the state lab and emergency preparedness and response in protecting Delawareans, and as well as interest in science careers. The DHCI campus is the site for both the laboratory and emergency preparedness operations.

Secretary Rita M. Landgraf of the Department of Health and Social Services and Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH director, state Senators Bethany Hall-Long and Bruce C. Ennis; and Dr. William Ward, DPH Laboratory director, will address participants at 11 a.m.

Delaware Public Health Laboratory (DPHL) professionals test for bacteria and harmful chemicals in Delaware's drinking water supplies, monitor the emergence of resistant microorganisms, and test newborns for certain genetic and metabolic diseases to prevent developmental disabilities, serious illness, and even death.

A new addition to this year's event is the participation of the Emergency Medical Services and Preparedness Section. The section's Office of Emergency Medical Services manages the administrative functions of pediatric injury programs, the statewide trauma system, the AED program and assessment of statewide emergency transport needs. The Office of Preparedness coordinates public health and medical preparedness efforts statewide to ensure a rapid, integrated and effective response and recovery to any health emergency or disaster.

At the open house, the public will:



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