Representatives from NOCAL, ExxonMobil and Africabio have handed over chemistry and coagulation analysis equipment to the Phebe Hospital in Bong County after winning the Outstanding Service Award for Laboratory Management.Under the leadership of Doctor Jefferson Sibley, Phebe Hospital and School of Nursing (Phebe) builds upon a reputation of long-standing dependability.
As past leaders ensured Phebe’s continuity throughout Liberia’s ups and downs, Dr. Sibley is taking the hospital a step further to ensure proper diagnostics can positively impact the vast catchment population Phebe serves. People cross the borders from neighboring countries and counties to seek medical services at Phebe Hospital in Bong County.
This speaks to the dedicated staff at Phebe, and part of its strategy to ensure better patient outcomes is engaging in partnerships that will impact this core focus. One of the areas that is changing positively to ensure quality patient care is laboratory strengthening. Phebe was chosen amongst peers within this field during Medical Laboratory Professionals Week 2017 to win the Outstanding Service Award for Laboratory Management.
The award recognizes outstanding service based on overall growth, development and implementation of institutional programs focused on quality management and/or leadership development.
As a host sponsor for the annual Africabio Enterprises, Inc. conference, NOCAL saw this as a worthy opportunity to support through its Corporate Social Responsibility. NOCAL provides the chemistry and coagulation analysis equipment to boost the medical technology in the Phebe laboratory, bringing innovative diagnostics that fit into this environment where growth and development is occurring.
Phebe has begun to integrate quality management system (QMS) to ensure adequate attention is given to the entire diagnostic environment. It is a plus to see that in this environment, Phebe is putting its own mechanisms in place to sustain the laboratory and not only relying on partners.
“Thank you to Africabio for organizing Lab Week, which created the opportunity for Phebe Hospital to receive this award and these equipment. The lab is usually considered an almost forgotten arm of the health system but, as we saw with Ebola, they are in the forefront and facing the same dangers”, Dr. Sibley says.
He stresses that health care cannot be properly managed without proper diagnosis, adding, “Therefore, in order to strengthen our health care, the lab should be a priority. Thank you to NOCAL, as these equipment you have provided will serve multiple curative purposes and additional practical training for the students at the MLT School, as well as provide additional knowledge for rotating interns and specialist.” Phebe promises that the equipment will be used for their intended purposes.