Two companies save UH medical school lab tech program

MANOA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two local companies have rescued Hawaii's only medical technology training program.

State budget cuts had forced the UH John A. Burns School of Medicine to stop admitting new students to its lab tech program.

But Tuesday, Diagnostic Laboratory Services and Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii donated more than $100,000 to the school. There is a serious shortage of qualified lab professionals across the country.

"Clinical labs or medical labs provide an important amount of information, assisting physicians diagnose diseases and conditions of patients. So we're an integral part of the health care services system," said Richard Okazaki of Diagnostics Laboratory Services.

UH officials say, the donations will ensure that Hawaii's medical labs will have a continuous flow of trained technicians.

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