During my four decades as a Medical Laboratory Professional I have worked in multiple medical laboratory settings: hospitals, reference laboratories, blood banks, clinics and a missionary hospital in the Amazon jungle. The majority of my career has involved direct patient contact, which I find gratifying.
In the fall of 1991 I took on the challenge of Laboratory Director of Metropolitan Hospital (which is now closed). The laboratory had been given 49 deficiencies, 3 of which could have closed down the lab permanently. At the end of my first week, the State of Tennessee Laboratory Inspector arrived to close down the laboratory. He knew me and listened to my outline of proposed changes. I was given one year to correct all of the deficiencies. I revamped the laboratory by rewriting all of the procedures, replacing outdated equipment, establishing improved record keeping and doubling the physical space of the laboratory. I created excel spreadsheets which allowed me to hold my vendors accountable. One Friday at 16:00 I was called in to the CEO's office and told to reduce my budget by 4% by the following Monday morning at 08:00. I was able to save my staff's jobs by negotiating with my vendors and reference lab to reduce my operating costs by the required 4%. A year later, both the Joint Commission and the State of Tennessee reinspected my laboratory. The laboratory received a grade of 100 from both inspectors!
In May of 1999 I accepted my second greatest challenge from the ABWE. They wished to establish a Blood Bank in their hospital located in the Amazon jungle of Brazil. I researched and contacted a division of Immucor that could provide reagents and supplies to the hospital via a three day boat trip up the river from Manaus, Brazil. I purchased, with my own money, refurbished blood bank equipment that I took with me to the hospital in November. Utilizing a missionary interpreter, I was able to teach the laboratory tech rudimentary blood bank techniques. He later went on to a six month course in Manaus. I also had the opportunity to utilize my EMS skills when I traveled with some of the medical staff to a remote village. The two weeks I spent on the trip was my first time abroad.
Medical Laboratory Supervisor, State of Tennessee ML5069
Emergency Medical Technician-IV, State of Tennessee 8855 (retired)
Excellent lab practices
Quality control procedures
Complex problem solver
Empathetic to patients needs and concerns
03/2002 to Current
Senior Chemistry /Serology TechnologistErlanger Medical Center － Chattanooga, TN
I returned to employment with Erlanger in the capacity of 2nd shift Supervisor for TC Thompson Children's Hospital Laboratory. I supervised the lab staff for my shift along with performing bench work and solving customer service complaints.
When the Main Lab and Children's Lab merged, I was given the responsibility of being the Serology Charge Tech. My duties include maintaining QC records, performing scheduled and emergency maintenance on the smaller stand alone analyzers found in the Chemistry/Serology department, inventory control of supplies, writing procedures for new methods and staff training. As of this year, I am also tasked with the supervision of Cystic Fibrosis testing and sharing responsibilities of monitoring/correcting the automation line for errors and shutdowns.
01/2001 to 03/2002
Staff Medical TechnologistBlood Assurance － Chattanooga, TN
I was responsible for manufacturing various blood components PRN. I also
resolved antibody identifications for client hospitals
01/2000 to 12/2000
Assistant Lab DirectorRhea Medical Center － Dayton, TN
I was responsible for the monitoring of daily QC and resolving outliers,
provided technical expertise for instrumentation, wrote and developed procedures and SOP's for the lab.
I worked in the position of PRN staff technologist from April 1999 to December 1999.
08/1998 to 01/2001
Laboratory SupervisorNorth Valley Medical Center － Dunlap, TNI was responsible for the daily operations of the laboratory including supervision of staff and maintaining instrumentation. The facility was a free standing Emergency Room. During cardiac events and trauma, I provided support by administering IV's and performing CPR.
Education and Training
Associate of Science: Medical Laboratory TechnologyColumbia State Community College － Columbia, TN, USA
FF/EMT Red Bank Fire Department 1983 to 1993
Established a Blood Bank for ABWE missionary hospital in the Amazon 1999