Lab Quality Confab Archive:

2008 Event Information- Sep 24-25 in Atlanta, GA:

Main Ballroom poster session contest judging

It's everything about quality and management in diagnostic medicine!

Lab Quality Confab is an annual gathering dedicated to advancing the knowledge, skills, and effectiveness of quality management practitioners in diagnostic medicine. Programs, information, and training are designed for every level of manager and all levels of knowledge and experience. Diagnostic medicine, particularly the services of clinical laboratory, pathology, imaging, and radiology, make up the primary emphasis of the Lab Quality Confab.

THE CORNERSTONE OF LAB MANAGEMENT for first mover and early adopter laboratories, pathology groups, and hospitals in this nation. Now the secret is out! It’s time to share the knowledge and teach the lessons learned.

That is why, in Atlanta, on September 24-25, 2008, we gathered leaders and experts in Lean and Six Sigma. These are prime movers in the mission to advance the contribution of laboratory medicine.

Often first to deploy Lean/Six Sigma techniques in their own laboratories in recent years, they have blazed a path that the rest of us can follow. It is an unprecedented opportunity for you, your laboratory, and your parent hospital/health system!

We’ve done the hard work to assemble laboratory medicine’s brightest minds and most skilled practitioners of Lean/Six Sigma. Join us next fall!

Lab Quality Confab is part of The Dark Intelligence Group, Inc. and is dedicated to bringing useful business and management intelligence to managers and administrators of clinical diagnostic services, pathologists, radiologists, and industry executives. Our recognized expertise in the strategic direction of diagnostic medicine and the management of clinical diagnostics is available through DARK Daily, THE DARK REPORT, the Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management, timely White Papers, and strategic consulting services.


Photos of the 2008 Lab Quality Confab in Atlanta

Lab Quality Confab main ballroom


Panel Robert Michel, Chris Christopher


Lab Quality Confab lunch and exhibits


Exhibitors onsite at Lab Quality Confab


Lab Quality speaker


Lab Quality Confab attendees


2008 Poster Session Winners 2008

2008 Lab Quality Confab Poster Session Applications:


Good Samaritan Hospital uses Lean to cut turn-around time by 35%
Jason Coons

THIRD PLACE! Clinical Pathology
Vancouver Coastal Health Regional Laboratory Medicine

Improving Specimen Flow and Turn Around Times at Vancouver General Hospital
Anita Kwong

BloodCenter of Wisconsin
Increasing Assay Efficiency Using Value Stream Map Tool
Andrew Lochowicz

THIRD PLACE! Anatomic Pathology

Henry Ford Health System

Melding LEAN and Barcode Technology to Reduce In-Process Surgical Pathology (SP) Mis-Identifications
Richard J. Zarbo, MD

SECOND PLACE! Clinical Pathology
Henry Ford Health System

Focusing On The Patient: Using LEAN to Improve Phlebotomy Wait and Test Result Times in the Outpatient Setting
Rita D'Angelo MS

Henry Ford Health System
Eliminating Specimen Collection Defects at a Medical Center through Observation, Standardization, Education and LEAN Process Redesign
Anjna Gandhi MT

Henry Ford Health System
Amended Reports in Surgical Pathology: Post-LEAN Outcomes 2001-2008
Ruan C. Varney CT, ASQ CQE, SSBB

East Kootenay Regional Hospital
"Leaning To The Client" Make It Real, Make It Happen, Make It Last
Pat Johnston

kent becker 1st place anatomic pathology poster!
FIRST PLACE! Anatomic Pathology

University of Iowa Healthcare

Effective Use of Process Analysis and Lean Methodology to Improve Processes within the Gynecologic Cytopathology Testing Cycle
Kent Becker, Jeanne Myers, Cheryl Lown, Tanika Moreland, Rose Meyer, Chad Hoffman

Greensboro Pathology Assoc.
Anatomic Pathology Reduction Of Variances in Data Entry Of Patient Information
Kaye Wells

SECOND PLACE! Anatomic Pathology
Interior Health – Kelowna General Hospital

On the Road to Process Control: A Redesign Driven by Data in Anatomic Pathology
Robin Trerice / Susanne Young

Sutter Solano Medical Center, Vallejo
Sutter Solano Getting Our Ducks in a Row (Clinical Pathology)
Joe Wells

Baystate Health / Baystate Reference Laboratories
Sliding to Success (Anatomic Pathology)
John Olinski

Baystate Health / Baystate Reference Laboratories
Turnaround Time Express (Clinical Pathology)
Virginia Blake

Baystate Health / Baystate Reference Laboratories
Send Out Test Optimization (Clinical & Anatomic)
Virginia Blake

FIRST PLACE! Clinical Pathology
Vancouver Coastal Health Regional Laboratory Medicine

Using a Lean Systems Approach (LSA) to Improve Time to Reporting of Positive Blood Cultures (BC)
Angela Whitley

Carolinas Laboratory Network
Lean Kaizen Event Targets Delays in Pre-Analytic Processes
Matthew Sergent, Andre Carelock, Renee White

Chi Solutions
Use of Lean Six Sigma Tools for the Design of a Core Laboratory
Wayne Mercer, Hans Froehling, Nora Hess

Atlantic Health
Histology Workflow
Annamarie Dockery, Christopher Scano, Craig Dise MD, Joe Immordino,
Marilyn Ilvento, Michael Overa, Nancy Mitchell, Ron Delacruz, Veronica Fraser