Hospital Laboratory Staff Presented at National Clinical Laboratory Management Association Meeting
Laboratory staff members at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital presented to a sold out crowd at the National Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) meeting in Las Vegas.
As representatives of Ministry Health Care, Chad Moertl, Phlebotomy Coordinator, Dawn Finch, Laboratory Manager and Michelle O’Connell, Quality Improvement Coordinator presented on the topic of the use of Lean Six Sigma principles in the laboratory. They shared their “lean” journey at Ministry Saint Michael’s Hospital with other lab management from around the nation.
“We were excited to be able to share what we learned by applying Lean Six Sigma principles to our lab,” stated Michelle O’Connell, Quality Improvement Coordinator. “It really opened up a lot of conversations with people from other health organizations. Right now I’m exchanging emails with a colleague in Lebanon and we are expecting a visitation from a group from Oregon.”
Ministry Saint Michael’s Laboratory has successfully implemented many changes in the past few years, helping to increase the efficiency of the lab. In 2005, Ministry Saint Michael’s and Ministry Medical Group consolidated laboratories to standardize test results and decrease test method redundancies, paper flow and specimen transport. In 2007, the lab completed a full scale Lean/Six Sigma implementation.
In 2008 the Ministry Saint Michael’s/Ministry Medical Group Laboratory in Stevens Point was named Laboratory of the Year by ADVANCE for Medical Laboratory Professionals, a publication dedicated to objective reporting on all facets of the clinical laboratory industry.
Ministry Saint Michael's/Ministry Medical Group Lab is a CAP-accredited laboratory, accredited by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of on-site inspections.