Open letter to employees, technologists, professionals and physicians of Optilab laboratory medicine clusters in Quebec

We, the medical and clinical-administrative directors of the Optilab laboratory medicine clusters in Quebec, sincerely thank you for your hard work and dedication. In the extremely difficult context of COVID-19 for laboratory staff, you put all your expertise and energy at the service of Quebecers on a daily basis to provide reliable laboratory analyzes that are essential for care.

Thanks to you, millions of molecular virology COVID screening tests have been performed in microbiology departments. Your work has enabled the development of new sophisticated tests using next-generation gene sequencing in molecular genetics departments. These analyzes are now available to the Quebec population for personalized cancer medicine. Thanks to you, thousands of detailed examinations of tissues and their characteristics, on which most treatment decisions depend, are carried out every day in the pathology departments. In addition, sophisticated coagulation analyzes are performed in the hematology departments for the management of people with hemophilia and high throughput tests of pharmacological molecules are performed in the biochemistry departments. In addition, thanks to the analyzes carried out in transfusion medicine services, you allow sometimes vital decisions to be made in an emergency situation.

These examples represent a small fraction of the acts performed daily in the clinical laboratories of Quebec hospitals. None of this would be possible without you. You are this network and we are extremely proud and honored to work alongside you.

We thank you for all the work you do in the laboratories of Quebec hospitals, for your availability and your talent. We wish you and your loved ones happy holidays and a happy new year!

Dany Aubry, René Bergeron, Mélanie Bernard, Normand Brassard, Enzo Caprio, Dr Christian Carrier, Martin Coulombe, Dr Jean-François Dermine, Dr Jean Dubé, Dr Linda Lalancette, Bruno Lamontagne, Dr Emmanuelle Lemyre, Dr François Lessard, André Lortie , Dr Daniele Marceau, Zied Ouechteti, Dr Jean-François Paradis, Geneviève Plante, Annie Robitaille, Dr Benoît Samson, Dr Alan Spatz, Sylvie Thibeault, Sophie Verdon, Dr André Vincent, Dr Ewa Barbara Wesolowska

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