FORT SILL, Okla. (May 2, 2013) -- Fort Sill medical laboratory staff members celebrated National Laboratory Professionals Week April 22-26, 2013.

The work done by the laboratory staff at Reynolds Army Community Hospital (RACH) is a vital part of patient care according to Capt. Robert Haupt, laboratory manager.

"The lab performs more than 700,000 tests each year, and is available to hospital staff and patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week," he said.

The 50-member staff spent the week boosting the morale of one another by playing games and eating together. At the same time, business continued as usual as lab staff members attended to their duties and continued to assist doctors in providing patient care.

"We celebrated the work we did together and the unity of the lab,'" said Michelle Johnson, medical laboratory technician.

She also said that a lot of team building and friendships were strengthened through the camaraderie as they celebrated another year of great service to the patients at RACH.

One of the highlights of the week for patients, hospital staff and other visitors was the ice cream social hosted by the lab staff.

The ice cream social is the lab staff's way of giving back and thanking the community and other staff for their support. All lab staff members served ice cream to everyone that came through the RACH medical mall area.