The Laboratory as a Leader During a Time of Crisis

In many ways the lab is an unlikely leader — behind the scenes and humble, filled with smart folks who lean more toward the introvert side, shun the spotlight, and who work hard to provide clinical tests to serve others.  Such an unlikely leader, in fact, that the lab is often referred to as an “ancillary“ service bec [...]

By | 2020-04-08T19:06:49+00:00 April 8, 2020|0 Comments

Pandemics, Preparedness, and Us

   During the last few days of February, it was very strange to turn on the TV in the morning and see our medical center on the national news and for this coverage to continue over several days.  In fact, it was an almost an out of body experience to see my familiar and comfortable place of employment in such an unfami [...]

By | 2020-03-09T15:46:24+00:00 March 9, 2020|0 Comments

Getting Respect

My blog is posted a bit late this month -- I’ve been thinking a lot about respect and a few disrespectful events that recently came to my attention.  Comedian Rodney Dangerfield made a career out joking that he “got no respect” – this was the theme of his stand-up routine as well as the topic of his two books, “I Don’ [...]

By | 2020-02-10T16:05:30+00:00 February 10, 2020|0 Comments

Higher, Faster, Stronger in 2020

    We are starting the new year on a really bright note.  At the very end of 2019, we received some lovely recognitions – one big award, and several other small but powerful personal notes of thanks.  Each of these acknowledged members of our pathology and laboratory medicine team who went the extra mile to provide hi [...]

By | 2020-01-08T23:54:44+00:00 January 8, 2020|0 Comments

Rediscovering Joy

It is holiday time, aka the happiest time of year.  Yet before Thanksgiving, I will admit that I was feeling like a grinch — too much to do, too little time, and way too cranky.  Maybe this is just because I hadn’t fully recovered after my recent surgery — or maybe it is just the chronic overwork that all of us in heal [...]

By | 2019-12-04T18:35:29+00:00 December 4, 2019|0 Comments

Reflections on Being a Patient

Last month I was out on medical leave following a total hip replacement.  They say that doctors make the worse patients – I don’t know if that’s necessarily true, but being on the other side of health care is an interesting and humbling experience.  Here’s what I learned: Appearing efficient and organized brings confid [...]

By | 2019-10-30T14:48:26+00:00 October 30, 2019|0 Comments