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​Organization (Website) Origin:( www.qualityforum.org) Topic Brief:   The National Quality Forum's Measure Application Partnership has recently submitted a recommendations to the US Department of Health and Human Services about 35 Standardized performance measures for considerations for use in Federal Healthcare programs which will affect 58 millions Americans enrolled in Medicare and their healthcare providers once approved. The article mentions  the works of MAP about the meaningful measures of care quality and the importance of the outcome measures.      ​NQF will publish its final reports for hospital and post-acute settings on February 15 and its report ...
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Organization (Website) Origin:  Institute for Healthcare Improvement (www.ihi.org ) Topic Brief: The Institute for Healthcare Improvement provides resources and educational tools to improve the quality of all aspects of healthcare.   One key program is the IHI Open School with Online Courses to learn patient safety competencies and quality improvement methodologies.  They have a free online "talk shows" on current topics with leaders in the field who are making an impact in the quality of the care delivered at their institution.  Individuals may also sign up for a free email newsletter.    URL: http://www.ihi.org/about/Pages/HowtoGetInvolved.aspx ...
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Organization Website Origin:   The Joint Commission ( https://www.jointcommission.org/ ) Topic Brief:    HIV and other transmittable diseases can have serious consequences for both a woman and her baby. While some problems may be seen at birth, others may not be noticeable until days, weeks or months later.  To improve the identification of mothers upon admission to labor and delivery who are at risk for transmitting certain infectious diseases to their newborns, The Joint Commission is implementing three new elements of performance (EPs), effective July 1, 2018. The EPs are applicable to all Joint Commission accredited hospitals and critical access ...
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Name and hometown: My name is Vathani Logendran and I’m from the small college town of Corvallis, Oregon. How would you describe yourself as a person? I would describe myself as compassionate, energetic, silly, kind, dedicated, and passionate. Job title/specialization? I am currently a generalist float, which means I work during the busiest hours of the lab. I work in hematology, blood bank, and chemistry. What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? I first learned about Clinical Lab Sciences from my mom whose old coworker decided to switch careers. I became interested in microbiology during my first Bachelors degree ...
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Name and hometown: Gilma Roncancio-Weemer, Springfield, IL How would you describe yourself as a person? Someone who values family and friends, enjoys life, gets things done when asked and is somewhat of a perfectionist. Job title/specialization? Program Director for a hospital based CLS program What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? I learned about this field during a high school career day. It seemed like the perfect fit combining my interest in a healthcare career with minimal patient contact with the fact that science courses were my favorite, especially those with a lab. ...
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#IamASCLS Cynthia Dixey

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-Name and hometown: Cynthia Dixey, Sparta, New Jersey -How would you describe yourself as a person? Introverted and passionate about what I love. -Job title/specialization? Medical Laboratory Scientist/ Molecular Diagnostic Department Lead -What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? The ability to help people, both patients and co-workers, having unlimited job opportunities, and knowing that I can go beyond the bench and continue to grow professionally. -What has been the highlight of your career thus far? Being President of ASCLS-NJ -What makes you diverse? I started my career as an MLS late in life after ...
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Name: Ainiwaer Kyle Kaiwusaier Hometown: Urumqi, XinJiang Province, China Representing which State? South Dakota How would you describe yourself as person? I think I would describe myself as an easy-going, open-minded person. I love meeting different personalities and experiencing new things. I try to keep an open vision for people and cultures since I believe there is always something to learn and enjoy. Job title/Specialty: Medical laboratory science student intern at Sioux Falls Avera McKennan Hospital. What got you into the field of laboratory science? I had the goal to work as a healthcare professional since I was a kid, helping ...
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Name and Hometown Elizabeth Stepp LeFors from Tupelo, MS Representing which state? Colorado How would you describe yourself as person? I am dedicated, ambitious, energetic, and caring. I have an intense desire to help people however I can. Job title / specialization MLS- Generalist What got you into the field of laboratory sciences? It kind of happened by accident. I graduated from Mississippi State University with a degree in Microbiology but had been working as a CNA for the past 6 years. I was tired of feeling unfulfilled by my job and was looking to go back to school for a Master’s. I found a random blurb ...
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Name and Hometown: Jan Conway Klaassen – Detroit Michigan Representing which state: Minnesota How would you describe yourself as a person? Energetic, constantly wanting to do new things/getting involved in new opportunities, such as life opportunities that have opened doors - CA, MI WA, NY, NV, MN. Job Title/specialization: U of M MLS Program Director, PHD. What got you into this field? Starting out in Electrical Engineering, ...
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#IamASCLS Ninive Costa

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-Name and hometown: Ninive; I've had a lot of hometowns, the latest Holland, MI. -How would you describe yourself as a person? I'm a person with a diverse background; this helps me understand the disparities and socioeconomic issues that traverse our society. I strive to aid the population towards healing. -Job title/specialization? Medical Technologist and Biomedical Photographer. I currently work in a skin bank and perform Microbiology testing. I also work on special projects dealing with image documentation and QI/research for Burn/Surgery. -What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? A Immunodiagnostics and Flow ...
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-Name and hometown: Jennifer Knight, Madison, Mississippi -How would you describe yourself as a person? Quiet, easy-going & empathetic but not a push-over. If I've learned anything as a parent, a Program Director and a Lab Manager it's this: pick your battles and stand your ground. People will respect your integrity and reliability if you do. -Job title/specialization? Laboratory Manager is my official title, but I am also the Program Director for our School of Medical Laboratory Science. -What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? I knew I wanted to be in the medical field, but not quite as close to patients as a nurse ...
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1) Name and Hometown My name is Samia Abdel-Kerim and my hometown is Minneapolis, MN 2) Representing which state? Minnesota 3) How would you describe yourself as person? I would describe myself as thoughtful, friendly, open-minded, loving mother and wife, and an active member of my community. I take initiative to do those things that are important to me. 4) Job title / specialization I am currently an MLT Faculty with a background as a medical laboratory science generalist. 5) What got you into the field of laboratory sciences? I switched majors during my sophomore year in college when I had an amazing chemistry ...
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Name and hometown: Tabitha Godwin, Huntsville, AL -How would you describe yourself as a person? I would describe myself as outgoing, enthusiastic, and analytical -Job title/specialization? Medical Technologist, Generalist -What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? I happen to stumble upon the major, Medical Technology, while at UAB. I always wanted to have a lab background because someday when I grow up I want to further my education and become a physician. -What has been the highlight of your career thus far? So far it has been getting a thank you note from the lab director thanking my shift for doing ...
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Name and hometown: Halcyon St. Hill, Ed.D., M.S., MLS (ASCP) CM FASAHP Naples, Florida How would you describe yourself as a person? Hard working, confident, determined, caring, sometimes funny, and very happy. What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? - I was curious about medical sciences and had an interest in doing clinical laboratory tests; therefore, I sought to be a medical technologist (clinical laboratory scientist). What has been the highlight of your career thus far? Being a founding administrator and professor at Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) - this was the opportunity of a lifetime to build a department ...
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#IamASCLS Nathan Diogo

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-Name and hometown: My name is Nathan Diogo, and my hometown is Westport, MA -How would you describe yourself as a person? I am friendly, driven, and an overall hard worker. -Job title/specialization? I am a Medical Technologist and my specialization is Hematology and Special Coagulation -What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? It was all by chance. I was looking for something to major in for my bachelor's degree to get me to medical school. I had seen a million biology programs and they were all pretty standard. When I visited UMass Dartmouth I was really intrigued with the CLS major. It also seemed like ...
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#IamASCLS Kristy Andrus

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-Name and hometown: Kristy Andrus from Baton Rouge, LA 
 -How would you describe yourself as a person? I am an individual who someone would enjoy getting to know. Being Deaf and going through barriers in life made me who I am today, and that said, having a disability has made me very strong and determined to do anything I want to do. I am also a big time cat-lover. 
 -Job title/specialization? I am currently a MLT Generalist. I want to obtain my MT license soon and would like to specialize in Hematology/Oncology in the future. 
 -What got you into the field of Clinical Laboratory Sciences? ...
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