Issue: Volume XI No. 12 - August 30, 2004

Raising the Bar on Laboratory Management Skills

HURRICANE CHARLEY’S IMPACT ON LABS IN FLORIDA and Lean/Six Sigma’s contribution to big improvements at Mayo Clinic Scottsdale’s hospital laboratory provide powerful evidence that the science and art of laboratory management in the United States is reaching ever-higher levels. That’s good news for our industry’s management innovators. It’s bad news for lab directors and managers …

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Florida Labs Face Off With Hurricane Charley

CEO SUMMARY: Hurricane Charley not only validated long-standing laboratory emergency contingency plans, but it introduced new issues. Even two weeks after the hurricane, hospital labs in the most affected communities continue to deal with storm-related problems. One issue is that damaged physicians’ offices are closed, making it a challenge to report lab test results on …

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ChromaVision Targets National AP Market

CEO SUMMARY: Three new business strategies are moving ChromaVision into different segments of the laboratory testing marketplace. The company has built a new laboratory facility and will support local pathology groups with advanced diagnostic technology. It is also expanding its presence in the research and development area of pharmacodiagnostics, with an emphasis on oncology. PROFIT …

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Oncology’s Potential Drives AP Lab Expansion

CEO SUMMARY: It is no coincidence that another public company is shifting its business focus and expanding its efforts to capture cancer-related anatomic pathology specimens. Demographic trends predict a steady increase in the number of new cancer cases yearly, while new technologies are giving physicians more effective ways to detect cancer and treat it. That …

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Mayo’s Scottsdale Hospital Lab Hits Big “Lean” Home Runs

CEO SUMMARY: Are Lean and Six Sigma techniques ready to make a big contribution in the laboratories of smaller hospitals? If you ask lab managers at Mayo Clinic’s Scottsdale Hospital, the answer is an unqualified “Yes!” Their 15-week Lean project in the hospital’s high volume core laboratory produced worthwhile improvements. It also formed the foundation …

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Leonard Joins AEL’s Board, Cenetron Is Newest Acquisition

There were two big announcements at American Esoteric Laboratories, Inc. (AEL) during the past few weeks. First came news on July 20 that Larry L. Leonard was now on the Board of Directors at AEL. Leonard had been part of the senior executive team at Laboratory Corporation of America from its formation in 1994 until …

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Cerner, Gajema Software, India Labs Look to U.K. & U.S.A

CERNER CORP. ACQUIRES GAJEMA SOFTWARE WITH ITS ACQUISITION of Gajema Software, announced on August 17, Cerner Corporation is moving an existing four-year business relationship to a higher level. Gajema, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, sells a solution to help labs track specimens from the pre-analytical operations of their outreach programs through analytical and post-analytical functions. …

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“August 30, 2004 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Film-maker Michael Moore is ready to turn his cameras on the American healthcare system. During a tour of the United Kingdom this summer, the controversial director declared that he wanted to use his cameras to intervene and save lives. Moore, basking in the attention generated by his Fahrenheit 9/11 film, wants to “embarrass” health insurance …

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