Bio: As system technical coordinator at St. Luke’s, Monterrubio strives for continuous quality improvements in the clinical laboratory with a goal of providing the highest quality test results in compliance with inspecting agencies, while implementing best practice recommendations. With 23 years of clinical laboratory experience in a variety of healthcare settings, she leads her team in helping make St. Luke’s a recognized leader in laboratory medicine, offering the most appropriate, relevant and cost-effective diagnostic services in the community.
Monterrubio has trained infectious disease physician fellows, medical students, medical technology students, and staff members on bench workflow, decision-making, and working the microbiology bench. She has also trained customers on new microbiology equipment and consulted on workflow improvements.
She has a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from the University of Washington, Seattle and is currently enrolled in the George Washington University graduate program for a Master of Science degree in medical laboratory science. She is a member of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).
Monterrubio’s many presentations to medical staff, prospective clients, local ASCLS convention and nursing educational seminar attendees include topics related to microbiology, Lean workflow, decision-making at the bench, improving the consultative feel of the laboratory, and operational improvement projects, such as reduction in blood culture contamination, cost reduction, maximizing outcome, and improving quality.