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Released August 18, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY GRAD
WINS AWARD, PASSES STRINGENT CERTIFICATION
By Angela Cutrer

HATTIESBURG - Lt. Johnathan Ware, a 2003 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi, has received the Outstanding Clinical Scientist Award sponsored by Roche Diagnostics and has passed certification as "diplomate" in laboratory management, a feat achieved by fewer than 700 people since 1988 due to a 40 percent failure rate.

A graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi's College of Health with a master's in medical technology, Ware works as laboratory manager of the lab section of the Naval Health Care New England's Naval Ambulatory Care Center in Groton, Conn.

"Lt. Ware's performance was outstanding as a medical technology graduate student," said the chair of the Medical Technology department, Dr. Jane Hudson. "His accomplishments since graduation have brought recognition to the program and we are very proud of him. He is a fine example of the exceptional individuals graduating from both the undergraduate and graduate medical technology programs at The University of Southern Mississippi."

Ware, 34, who hails from Georgia, remembers the university fondly. "I had a really good time at Southern Miss," he said. "Dr. Hudson has put together a really good program and she knows everyone in the world. She made it really simple to track down knowledge you wanted and made sure there were no limitations on what students could do.

"The benefits of the program are that you can tailor the program to what you need to do," he added. "I was able to travel around and visit other labs and network, including six weeks at Keesler Air Force Base. I was able to expand my knowledge by interacting with others."

"Society Scope," the newsletter of the Society for Armed Forces Medical Laboratory Sciences, reported that Ware "has been involved in a federal multiagency effort focused on adopting common health information standards for all federal agencies, is an active participant in several Lab Joint Working Group subcommittees and led the way in the development and implementation of online competency training and assessment for all staff technicians." Ware supervises lab activities in his current job, where he is responsible for testing, personnel and customer service.

Ware has published articles for "Society Scope" and for South Central Blood Bank's "Pulse." He presented at SAFMLS's 2003 conference and at the Mississippi Academy of Science's 2003 conference. According to his nomination for the Outstanding Clinical Scientist Award, Ware "is an exceptional team leader and motivator. In his last three commands, 20 percent of the enlisted technicians who work with him have been promoted each year."

Ware enlisted in the Air Force in February 1991 and attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. He spent four months at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., completing phase II of the Air Force Laboratory Technician training program, after which he worked as a laboratory technician at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. He completed his bachelor's degree in medical technology at the Medical University of South Carolina in 1994 and was then stationed at Hurlburt Field, Fla., where he was commissioned in the Navy. He attended Officer Indoctrination School in Newport, R.I., and started his Navy career at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Va. In May 1997, he was transferred to Beaufort Naval Hospital in Beaufort, S.C., and assumed the role as head of the laboratory department. He spent two years managing the laboratories within the hospital and two branch clinics, including the clinic at the Marine Corps Recruiting Depot at Parris Island, S.C. He left in 1999 to become the laboratory manager at Naval Hospital Guam, where he directed the operations of laboratories at the Naval Hospital, two Navy branch clinics, one Air Force clinic, and one submarine tender ship.

Ware has earned certifications as a medical laboratory technician and as a medical technologist. He has also received certification as a clinical laboratory scientist from the National Credentialing Agency. His personal awards include two Navy Commendation Medals, one Navy Achievement Medal, and one Air Force Achievement Medal.

Ware and his wife, Andrea, have four boys and are looking forward to their biggest assignment they've faced so far: the October birth of twin girls. "This ought to be fun," Ware, himself one of six children, said of the impending births. "This ought to be really fun."

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September 8, 2004 1:58 PM