May 14, 2007 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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With so many baby boomers in lab management ranks making preparations for their retirement, a question now asked often is “what can I do as an encore?” Recently, THE DARK REPORT caught up with Dixie McFadden, who retired from her position as Laboratory Administrator at Kaiser Permanente Northwest Regional Laboratories in Portland, Oregon, more than three years ago. Her second career has dual roles. In one, she is a competitor in country western dance championships. McFadden has won several international titles. In her other second career, she is a Business Success Coach. She provides consulting services to alternative healthcare practitioners and corporate executives. Check out www. for more details.

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Alert readers probably recall that Dixie McFadden’s Kaiser Laboratory Division was one of the first in the United States to earn certification in ISO-9000. That happened in 2000. (See TDR, December 4, 2000.) A few years later, she quarter-backed the design and construction of the first laboratory facility organized around Lean, Six Sigma, and ISO quality management methods. (See TDR, July 28, 2003.) That laboratory, in Portland’s eastern suburbs, continues to host many site visits because of its innovations.


  • DCL Medical Laboratories, Inc. of Indianapolis, Indiana, turned to California to find its new President and CEO. Michael Hanbury, Ph.D., assumed these duties earlier this year. Hanbury was at Unilab, Inc. for many years and has had a long career as a laboratory executive in the Golden State.
  • Oregon Medical Laboratories (OML) in Eugene, Oregon, has ended a lengthy search for a new CEO. It has rehired Ran Whitehead. Whitehead was OML’s CEO until the summer of 2006, when he resigned to accept a position as CEO of SED Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Following the retirement of Rusy Senac, the pathology super-group Brown & Associates Medical Laboratories of Houston, Texas, has named Delbert Berryman as Executive Director. Berryman came to his new position from Pathology Reference Laboratory in San Antonio. Prior to that, he worked at Severance & Associates, also in San Antonio.

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