Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Representative Gerry Connolly Tours Sentara Potomac Hospital

The Hon. Gerry Connolly, U.S. House of Representatives, visited the Sentara Potomac Hospital Laboratory to experience the critical and expanding role laboratory testing plays in patient care. Rep. Connolly was greeted and given a tour of Sentara’s facilities by Dr. Jerome O’Connell. Pictured left to right: Michele Herman, histotechnician, Dr. Claudine Morcos, Dr. Janna Kelleher, Dr. Jerome O’Connell and Representative Connolly.

The tour focused on the important role of pathologists in healthcare, and included a demonstration of how pathologists use cutting-edge technology and laboratory tests to screen for cancer and precancerous lesions. Of particular interest was a discussion on the need to preserve the important role pathologists can play as a diagnostic consultant for patient care.

“The tour demonstrated how the Laboratory’s role is a vital component of patient care from diagnosis to treatment. Using state-of-the-art technology, pathologists can look at individual specimens and laboratory tests, provide a rapid diagnosis, and help guide patient treatment,” said Dr. O’Connell “We are honored that Representative Connolly would take time out of his busy schedule to visit our Laboratory.”