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Cardinal Health urEssential Award to Recognize Medical Laboratory Professional

Cardinal Health is seeking stories of innovative, inspirational, passionate medical laboratory professionals in the second year of its urEssential award program, an award program to recognize medical laboratory professionals and their contributions to the field of health care. 

“Laboratorians are unsung heroes, working quietly behind the scenes and contributing to care that is helping people live longer, healthier lives,” said Chris Kerski, senior vice president and general manager of Laboratory Products at Cardinal Health.  “Without them, health care would be missing an essential element. This award is our way of celebrating medical laboratory professionals and their achievements that are so instrumental to driving the future of health care and laboratory diagnostics.” 

Medical laboratory professionals can apply for the award directly, or they may be nominated by others. Nominators can visit to share their stories or those of peers who motivate, inspire and work to change clinical laboratory science. 

Nominations for 2016 are open. The winner will be announced during Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and recognized during the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science annual meeting in July in conjunction with the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. Cardinal Health will present a $20,000 scholarship on one finalist’s behalf to the 501(c)(3)-accredited institution of higher learning of his or her choice. These funds will go to students pursuing careers in laboratory medicine. 

The 2015 urEssential Award winner was Dr. Rodney Rohde, Clinical Laboratory Science Program Chair, Professor, and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Health Professions, Texas State University.  Click here to read more about Rodney's passion for the medical laboratory science profession, deep-seated desire to help others, and cmmitment to his students, peers and alumni.

The 2014 urEssential Award winner was Debra Wood, Histotechnology program director and clinical assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. Learn more about Debra and her contributions to clinical laboratory science by visiting

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Headquartered in Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a $91 billion health care services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, clinical laboratories and physician offices focus on patient care while reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing pharmaceuticals and medical products and services to more than 100,000 locations each day and is also the industry-leading direct-to-home medical supplies distributor. The company is a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including gloves, surgical apparel and fluid management products. In addition, the company operates the nation's largest network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #22 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health employs 34,000 people worldwide.  More information about the company may be found at and @CardinalHealth on Twitter.