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Published on September 28, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Barth
E-mail: media@cap.org

Florida Pathologist Awarded Grant for Humanitarian Efforts

Omie L. Mills, MD, awarded grant to fund technical training program for new laboratory equipment at Niger hospital

Northfield, IL.—Omie L. Mills, MD, recipient of the 2010 College of American Pathologists (CAP) Foundation Humanitarian Grant Award, was recognized at a ceremony held on September 27, in Chicago at CAP ’10 — THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The CAP Foundation's Humanitarian Grant Program provides grants to members of the College, which are used to fund pathology and medical services to underprivileged patients in an underdeveloped area of the world.

The Humanitarian Grant Award will allow Dr. Mills to hire a technician temporarily to train staff at Kirker Hospital in Maine-Soroa, Niger, on the use of a Vitros DT60-II Analyzer with a DTE and DTSC Module, purchased with a donation from Ortho Clinical Diagnostics franchise. Kirker Hospital serves approximately 30,000 people per year. The grant will also allow the hired technician to visit affiliated clinics to assess quality control issues.

“I would like to thank the CAP Foundation for this opportunity to accept this Humanitarian Grant Award on behalf of Adventist Health International,” said Dr. Mills. “With the funds provided, the severely limited clinical laboratory services will undergo a major upgrade, and extended laboratory services will be provided to the surrounding network of rural clinics.”

Currently, Dr. Mills is completing her dermatopathology fellowship at the University of Massachusetts in Worcester. She completed her residency in anatomic pathology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa. Dr. Mills graduated summa cumlaude from the Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn., with a BS in medical technology. She then received her MD from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, Calif., where she was the recipient of the Loma Linda University Scholarship.

Dr. Mills holds licensure in Florida, Hawaii, and Massachusetts.

The College of American Pathologists Foundation promotes science and education in an effort to improve the delivery of pathology services to patients and expand medical research and funding of individual research projects through sponsorship of the Scholars Research Fellowship Program.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.