Debra Wood Named Winner of Cardinal Health urEssential Award for Laboratory Professionals

Debra Wood is the recipient of the Cardinal Health urEssential Award recognizing medical laboratory professionals and their contributions to the field of healthcare. The company is establishing a $20,000 scholarship in her name at the Indiana University School of Medicine scholarship for students seeking careers in laboratory medicine.

“Laboratory practitioners are an integral part of the healthcare system, and we are pleased to recognize Debra for exemplifying the qualities of dedication and service that help advance laboratory diagnostics,” says Chris Kerski, senior vice president and general manager of laboratory products at Cardinal Health.

Wood is the histotechnology program director and clinical assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. She is also chairperson for the American Society for Pathologist Histotechnology HT/HTL Exam Committee.

Wood’s nominators called her a champion for the patient and profession, specifically calling out her volunteerism and contributions toward the accomplishments of others.

Cardinal Health announced the award program in April and accepted nominations through June 20. The award winner, selected based on his or her contributions in the lab, to the community and to the laboratory profession, was announced during the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science annual meeting July 27-31, 2014 in conjunction with the American Association for Clinical Chemistry. 

Source: Cardinal Health, Inc.