IN BRENTWOOD, TENNESSEE, the family of H.W. “Bud” Gandee, Jr., reported his death on April 30, at the age of 69.
Gandee was an early master of hospital laboratory operations and management. He trained as a medical technologist and had graduate training in immunohematology. Early in his career, he went to work for the original Hospital Corporation of America (HCA).
Gandee was quickly recognized to have a keen eye for effective clinical laboratory management. His particular strength the Management Services Division, Gandee worked with client hospitals to improve the performance of their laboratories.
When HCA organized its clinical laboratory assets into Allied Clinical Laboratories, Inc. (ACL), and spun it off as a stand-along business, Gandee became an employee of Allied.
Two more lab acquisitions meant that Gandee would be an employee of National Health Laboratories (NHL-1994) after it bought ACL, followed by Laboratory Corporation of America (1995) after this company was formed by the merger of Roche Biomedical Laboratories with NHL.
Worked with Hospital Labs
At LabCorp, Gandee continued to draw upon his skills and experience at helping hospital laboratories. In his role as Director of the Management Services Division, Gandee worked with client hospitals to improve the performance of their laboratories.
This unique experience was the reason that Gandee was asked to speak, in 1996, at the first Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management. He conducted a standing-room-only session about methods that hospital laboratories could use to assess operations and achieve a higher level of performance.
In 1998, Gandee accepted a position with American Medical Laboratories (AML) of Chantilly, Virginia. He again led a consulting team that served hospital laboratories. He was a regular and popular speaker at Executive War Colleges during these years. In 2002, the acquisition of AML by Quest Diagnostics Incorporated meant that Gandee once again had a new employer.
In 2007, Gandee retired from Quest Diagnostics, completing a 46-year career in laboratory medicine. He enjoyed an active retirement. In recent years, several health problems meant a slower pace for Gandee.
Over the course of his unique career, Bud Gandee was held in high regard by colleagues and clients alike. Known for his integrity and high standards, Gandee was deservedly recognized as one of the clinical laboratory testing industry’s most knowledgeable experts in hospital laboratory operations.