Local Army Reservist and OVMC Laboratory Employee is Welcomed Back to Work After Third Tour of DutyMonday, May 2, 2016
National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) started with a surprise celebration on April 25 for Army Reserve Sergeant Isaac Tingler, who’s also an Ohio Valley Medical Center technologist with Laboratory Services. Sgt. Tingler returned from Afghanistan where he was deployed on this third tour of duty with the military police in the Army Reserves. On his first day back on the job, his co-workers celebrated his safe return with a cake and words of praise for Sgt. Tingler, who has worked at OVMC for nearly a decade.
“It is just beyond words, to be that dedicated to your country,” said Dr. Khan, M.D. and Chairman of Pathology at OVMC. “However, we miss him a lot when he’s gone. Not just for his personality, but for his technical abilities. It’s wonderful to have Isaac back and to be celebrating our laboratory professionals all in the same week!”
And Sgt. Tingler feels the same way. Just returning home to Wheeling in March, he says it’s nice to be returning to the laboratory at OVMC. “It feels good. I missed the people, my co-workers. When I saw the tree in the break room decorated with red, white, and blue it made me feel really good. But I wasn’t expecting the surprise party!” Sgt. Tingler says the most memorable part of this latest deployment are the friendships he was able to form. “The last tour we were on a NATO base, so the most memorable thing was all of the foreign military that I was able to meet and become friends with. I still talk to the friends I met from Italy.”
Sgt. Tingler’s two previous deployments included a tour of duty in Guantanamo Bay and Iraq.
The return to the laboratory for Sgt. Tingler coincides with a week set aside to honor medical laboratory workers. National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week provides the profession with a unique opportunity to increase public understanding of and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel. OVMC and East Ohio Regional Hospital have a combined medical laboratory professional staff of 70 people.
MLPW, which takes place the last full week in April each year, is coordinated by a collaborative committee with representatives from15 national clinical laboratory organizations. Now in its 41st year, MLPW originated in 1975 as National Medical Laboratory Week.
Ohio Valley Medical Center, located in Wheeling, W. Va., and East Ohio Regional Hospital, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, are a 340-bed combined organization with more than 1,600 employees providing the area’s only comprehensive orthopedic centers of excellence, behavioral, and mental health services and board-certified emergency services on both sides of the Ohio River.
Pictured are Nasir Kahn, M.D., Chairman of Pathology at OVMC and
Sgt. Isaac Tingler, Laboratory Services Technologist at OVMC