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February 2021

Clinical Microbiology Wins URMC Board Excellence Award


Micro TeamShowing “remarkable resilience,” the University of Rochester Medical Center’s Clinical Microbiology team has won a Board Excellence Award for its ongoing contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The annual awards recognize teams and individuals whose contributions exemplify excellence. Microbiology was one of eight URMC teams to be recognized at a virtual ceremony on Jan. 25.

Bruce Smoller, M.D., chair of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, praised the efforts Microbiology made to carry out critical testing to help patients across the region when COVID hit.  

“In spite of many obstacles, this team developed and validated all available platform options to ensure capacity could meet the growing need for testing,” he said.

Lab Director, Dwight Hardy, Ph.D., said none of this would have been possible without collaboration from many UR Medicine Labs.

“In addition to congratulating staff in Micro for a job well done, I also want to thank staff from other areas, such as, Blood Bank, Chemistry, Hematology, Toxicology, Phlebotomy, and SMS, who have worked with Micro in an overall team effort to meet the needs of our hospitals and community.”

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