|2007 Recap: A Review of Featured Professionals
In the following pages, we highlight some of NEWS-Line's featured nurses who continue to make a difference every day.
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In the League of Extraordinary Laboratory Professionals
"I love the logistics of my job and working with my team to figure out how best to meet the new challenge or service that we need to offer in order to grow our laboratory business. Promoting our core laboratory services to ensure quality results [is extremely important]. There are a lot of logistics involved in getting the right specimen tested accurately, and [the results] reported promptly. [We try to] make this a seamless process for our customers. There are always opportunities for process improvement in the many steps that are taken, day in and day out, for the thousands of specimens handled daily." ~Paul Labbe
Paul R. Labbe is the vice-president of operations at CompuNet Clinical Laboratories in Dayton, Ohio. An alumnus of Xavier University and the University of Dayton, he is a certified nuclear medicine technologist and a Six Sigma black belt. He also serves as an adjunct clinical instructor at Wright State University and an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College of Health Sciences. Visit the CompuNet Clinical Labs online at http://www.compunetlab.com.
Making Her Own Music: Bridging the Gap Between the Concert Hall and the Laboratory
"This is such a great field, and it's filled with a kaleidoscope of colors and dynamics. There is a great potential, and it's always growing and changing." ~Irina Lutinger
Irina Lutinger, MPH, FACHE, MT (ASCP) DLM, received her bachelor of science degree from Columbia University in New York, New York in 1984. She then went on to earn her master's degree in public health—health policy management (MPH) from New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York in 1990. In 1994, she completed a Diplomate in Laboratory Management (DLM) from the American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board Registry, and in 1997, she received her Finance and Accounting Certificate for Financial Managers from the American Management Association. Additionally, Lutinger completed her Six-Sigma Quality Improvement Green Belt Certificate in 2002 and earned her Executive Leadership Certificate from the University of Notre Dame's School of Business in 2006. She also recently passed the American College of Healthcare Executive's (ACHE) exam, becoming a fellow of the College (FACHE). Today, she works as senior administrative director at NYU Hospitals Center in New York, New York.
Improving Efficiency with New Technology
"Ultimately, what we're there for is to help the child get better. We tend to lose focus of that sometimes, and I have to remind myself: ‘Okay, I'm in this position. I have to maintain quality for my department,' and maintaining quality means that we're producing quality results for those kids [that] doctors look at and effect their treatment, and, hopefully, they get better, leave the hospital, and they grow up to be adults." ~Chris Mishak
Chris Mishak, MT, MLT, received an associate's degree in Medical Laboratory Technology from Davidson County Community College and was certified as an MLT by the ASCP in 1998. He also earned his bachelor's degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and became a certified medical technologist in 2004. Mishak is currently a Hematology lab analytical specialist at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at the Aflac Cancer Center & Blood Disorder Service.
Turning a Career as a Laboratory Professional into an Educational Journey
"You're constantly learning new things because diagnosis of disease is constantly changing. And it's exciting. I think an important thing to the generation going into the workforce is learning. They want to constantly learn." ~Karen Lindsay
Karen Lindsay, BS, MT (ASCP), SM, DLM, PHR, is the Employee Development Director at Community Blood Bank in Lincoln, Nebraska. She is also the Microbiology Consultant for nanobugs, inc. Visit www.nanobugs.com for more information.
Help Wanted: One Hospital's Laboratory Faces the Challenge of Hiring and Retaining Technicians
"I like to describe our job as medical detectives, working behind the scenes, responsible for testing patient samples and working with physicians to help uncover disease states and abnormalities. I believe that patients as well as our associates in other departments see by our actions that we do incorporate a high ethic and professional attitude in our work." ~Judy Ryan
"We are not always viewed as skilled and competent. We need to get across that laboratory technologists/technicians are well educated, skilled, and competent. We are an integral part of patient care. Reporting the highest quality laboratory results for our patients is our greatest priority. The profession is not as respected as it should be and not as lucrative as other fields."
"One of my main focuses is to be really available to others in the hospital. I want to get people to know who we are and it's worked to some extent. We're not seen otherwise. Networking throughout the organization is crucial to the laboratory's support. I try to be visible and get involved in interdepartmental affairs."
Anne S. Boehringer, MT, is the administrative director of the laboratory at Doylestown Hospital, where she has worked almost exclusively for the past 40 years. She received her bachelor of science degree in medical technology from Elizabethtown College in 1964. Susan Teresky, MT, and Judy Ryan, MT, are also longtime employees at Doylestown Hospital in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.