Members of Lab Team Pull Out All the Stops to Celebrate Lab Week

May 08, 2018

ASCP’s 2018 Star Lab Photo and Video Contest brought out the competitive streak in more than 75 lab teams across the country who submitted entries.

Kendra Willis, MLT(ASCP) CM, was on pins and needles waiting to find out if her lab team made it past Round 1 of the contest. When her team progressed to Round 2, “I hounded everyone to vote,” joked Willis, whose entire lab at Deaconess Regional Laboratory in Evansville, IN, has a staff of 394.

Her team took first place among the video winners in ASCP’s contest with their entry, “The Lab Joker,” which put a new spin on Steve Miller’s classic 1973 tune, The Joker. Colleague Jesse Gallamore, “a one-man band” who plays drums, guitar, and piano, performed the vocals and all the music. Willis and colleagues, Gina Cauthen, MT(ASCP), and Jennifer Broadhurst, MLT(ASCP), helped out writing the lyrics. Then, Willis added the photos to the music to complete the video.

“Everyone’s videos were really good and we had a lot of laughs,” said Willis, who works in the blood bank of a Level II trauma center.

“It was such fun to see all of the photo and video submissions come through for the contest,” said Angela Collier, CAPM, ASCP Membership Manager. “It’s very exciting to know that the Star Lab theme resonated with the contestants. Each year, we are so inspired to see how proud everyone is of their profession.”

The first place photo winner of the contest was Vidant Health, in Ahoskie, NC, with its submission, “TEAMWORK: We All Have a Hand in the Masterpiece.” “We have 31 laboratory staff members at our hospital, and we wanted to do something that everyone could participate in,” said Victoria Squires, MLS, MLT(ASCP), who coordinated Vidant’s photo submission. “We decided to do this painting and all of our team members painted their hand and put the handprint on the canvass. We were very excited to win first place in the photo contest. It really showed that our lab team had the support of their colleagues at the hospital who voted for them.”

The 1st place photo and video contest winners each received a plaque to commemorate their efforts, a $100 gift card for a pizza party, and ASCP Star Lab gear to celebrate lab week with their colleagues.

“There were a lot of good entries, so we were very honored to get this recognition,” said Willis. “Laboratory professionals really work behind the scenes and no one knows what we do. Once a year, this is our time to step forward and celebrate the work that we do to support patient care.”

As for the team’s video, it’s already gotten nearly 4,000 clicks on YouTube. “We’re trying to figure out how to upstage ourselves for next year,” Willis joked.

Check out the winners of this year’s ASCP Lab Week contest here.