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Dalton State Professor Receives Dwight J. Ham Award

Retired Dalton State Professor Doris Shoemaker received the Dwight J. Ham Founders Award from the Southeastern Area Blood Bankers at their annual meeting in Atlanta earlier this month.

Shoemaker is Associate Professor Emerita of Medical Technology and Director Emerita of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program of Dalton State, a program she started for the College 40 years ago.

According to Charles Robinette, Blood Bank Supervisor for Hamilton Medical Center, the Dwight J. Ham Memorial Founders Award recognizes a technologist in the southeastern region who through research, educational and/or service contributions exemplifies the goals and spirit of professionalism outlined in the SEABB organizational bylaws.

The award memorializes Dwight J. Ham whose dedication and commitment led to the formation of SEABB as a means of encouraging scientific communication and good fellowship among blood bankers.

Shoemaker, who retired from the College in 2006, established the Medical Laboratory Technology program at Dalton Junior College in 1970. At that time, it was the first MLT Associate of Applied Science in Health degree program in Georgia and only the third in the nation. The annual pass rate of the American Society for Clinical Pathologists national certifying exam by Dalton State MLT graduates is nearly always 100 percent, Shoemaker said.

“Most of our graduates are working in the field in Georgia or Tennessee and several have gone on to earn the Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology degree through the Medical College of Georgia,” she said, adding that nearly 50 percent of lab clinicians are over the age of 50. “There is now and will continue to be tremendous demand for Medical Laboratory Technologists.

“I am very grateful to SEABB,” Shoemaker said. “It was a surprise and a real honor for me to receive this award.”
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