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UNI student health center receives award for laboratory excellence

July 10, 2003

Mary Byggere, clinical lab technologist, UNI Student Health Clinic, (319) 273-2009
Vicki Grimes, University Marketing & Public Relations, (319) 273-2761

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Mary Byggere, clinical lab technologist at the University of Northern Iowa Student Heath Clinic, has received COLA's Laboratory Excellence Award. The award is given to laboratories that demonstrate exemplary patient testing. This is the second time Byggere has received the award. She has been with the Student Health Clinic for 27 years.

To receive the award, COLA laboratories have to complete an on-site inspection, and be found to have superior laboratory safety and practices for their patients within COLA criteria.

COLA is a non-profit, physician-directed organization that promotes quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through voluntary education, achievement and accreditation programs.

COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine, the College of American Pathologists and the American Osteopathic Association.