1978 Associate of Science Medical Laboratory Technology (Morris Harvey College)
1978 Licensed as MLT (ASCP)
1978 Began career as clinical laboratory professional
1982 Board of Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree (WV State College)
1985 Licensed as Medical technologist in state of Florida
1985 I was married, moved to Fl and continued my career as a technologist
1994 Licensed as a Clinical laboratory Supervisor in Florida
1994 ASCP certification as a DLM (Diplomate in Laboratory Management)
1997 Hired as Manager of laboratory and transfusion service MCBB Ocala Fl
2004 Hired as blood bank supervisor North Florida Regional Medical Center (HCA)
2016 Currently blood bank supervisor NFRMC (HCA) Gainesville, Fl
I have 38 years of clinical laboratory experience. I was the blood bank supervisor for Palms West Hospital for 9 years. I was the manager of the laboratory services at the MCBB for 6 years. I have been the blood bank supervisor at NFRMC for 12 years. Of my 38 years total laboratory experience, 27 of them have been either as a supervisor or manager at a hospital blood bank or community blood center.
I would be honored for an opportunity to discuss my potential as an employee of your organization. References or more information are available upon request.
Thank you very much,
Kenneth George Hastie DLM (ASCP)
529 SE 46th CT
Ocala, Fl 34471
mobile phone: 352-817-3166
I was hired to be the blood bank supervisor in 2004 and have remained in that capacity. The medical center has grown from about 300 beds to present day 450 beds. We have a level 2 NICU, a 26 bed ICU, and CVU. We have an open heart surgery center and busy ER.
Our facility has a Cancer Center where they irradiate RBCs and platelet apheresis, so we have to modify and relabel the products in the blood bank prior to transfusion. We have gone through three FDA inspections and due for a fourth any day now. I have successfully passed six CAP and AABB inspections during my tenure.
My leadership skills have been developed to perform, participate, implement and evaluate personal performance and opportunities for personal growth and ability to change. I can demonstrate customer service skills with both internal and external customers. I am knowledgeable of all policies and procedures that affect the outcome of the blood bank for patient care. I perform, participate, implement and evaluate performance improvement activities within the department level. I identify opportunities for waste reduction and department efficiency. I work as a team member through interaction, assistance and demonstration.
I am a working supervisor, I have worked the bench whenever needed. I am scheduled on the bench 5 days a week, when staffing allows and I have a third medical technologist, I can concentrate more on quality control, the Blood Utilization Review Committee or troubleshooting internal and external problems. I oversee training new technologists and medical technologist students from a local College that rotate through the blood bank while fulfilling the clinical portion of their degree.
We have an Ortho Provue Automated blood bank analyzer and the MTS gel for backup. We have a sterile docker to prepare syringes of blood for neonatal transfusion. I order stock supplies and perform annual performance evaluations.
Alachua General Hospital closed it's doors October 29, 2009 after 75 years. AGH was part of the Shands Healthcare System at the University of Florida. AGH served a great many people, it was community based and maintained the local, hometown flavor that was a more personal patient experience, as opposed to the clinical feeling you get at a large university with a medical school. AGH had at one time several hundred beds.
I was hired to work the 3-11 shift in all areas as a generalist in 2004. I trained on the day shift in blood bank, hematology, chemistry, coagulation and urinalysis. I trained for 6-8 weeks then began working evenings. The day shift blood bank supervisor position was vacated at North Florida Regional Medical Center. I applied and was accepted in November 2004.
I remained at AGH in a per diem capacity and worked for about four years on the weekends.
I was recruited in 1997 to become the Laboratory and Transfusion Service manager/Supervisor of the Marion County Blood bank in Ocala, Fl. We were part of the Central Florida Blood Bank based in Orlando Fl. The MCBB is a community based Blood Center that was used primarily to serve the residents of Marion County, the blood bank remains but CFBB has been absorbed or merged with other Blood Centers In Florida and is now OneBlood. The Orlando center is also still there and is one of the main campuses.
The MCBB was a unique opportunity for me as they were the transfusion service for two hospitals that were about 3 blocks away, across the street from each other. There were three refrigerators in each hospital, and we stocked them with crossmatched units for their patients. We had phlebotomists that would get orders from the hospitals, get in a pickup truck, drive to the hospitals, draw the blood, and return to the blood bank. The Orlando branch had a Reference Lab we utilized for extra difficult patient samples. We also got most of our irradiated blood from Orlando when needed. The MCBB is still there providing blood and components to the two Hospitals, Ocala Regional Medical Center and Munroe Regional Medical Center. ORMC is now a trauma center and has brought the transfusion service in-house. MCBB remains the Transfusion Service for MRMC.
The MCBB is a full service donor center and has mobile buses that collect donations throughout the surrounding community. The donor room and mobiles were not my responsibility. My duties included processing blood into components; RBCs, FFP,CRYO and Platelets. We had two walk-in freezers that stored the frozen products, and four double door refrigerators for the RBCs. All viral testing and unit confirmations were performed on Orlando, we sent segments daily and the results were downloaded the next day.
I was responsible for all QC, hiring personnel, training, staffing and inspections. I was responsible for the transfusion service and maintaining the refrigeration and quality control at both hospitals. I participated on the Blood Utilization Transfusion Service Meetings at both facilities and resolving issues that arose with doctors and nursing or other ancillary staff. I attended the Medical Executive Meetings to learn and educate the staff. I attended orientation at MRMC for the new nursing hires and gave them a brief overview of basic blood banking and transfusing blood and blood products. I was also on an advisory committee for a medical laboratory technician program at our local Adult Education Center. The program offered certificates, not college degrees.
I moved to Royal Palm Beach, Fl with my wife and 2 young daughters from Tamarac, Fl. While in south Florida, I worked with the Lab Director who lived in Loxahatchee and became the Lab director at Palms West. Royal Palm Beach is the very next community to Loxahatchee.
Charlie Morrison hired me to work in the blood bank on the day shift. The hospital had not been opened long and it had around 100 beds. I was a generalist and had to work every other weekend and take call. I was trained in all areas including Microbiology, Urinalysis, Coagulation, Chemistry and Blood Bank. I rotated other departments on the weekends and and if coverage was needed during the week.
I was solely responsible for the daily operation of the blood including ordering all supplies and reagents, all bench work, quality control, training new employees, all inspections and proficiency testing. This is where I learned a great deal about a transfusion service. I also learned to resolve complex immunohematological problems and about AABB Standards and inspections.
I was the blood bank supervisor for 9 years at Palms West.
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