As the leaves began to fall, the Chicago Chapter CLMA hosted its annual all day educational event at NIU Naperville Campus on October 29th. Thanks to the overwhelming support of vendors, both local and national, the Chicago Chapter managed to bring a day of learning and networking to laboratory professionals from all over the state.
Our first speaker of the day, Lucia Berte, presented document management in the laboratory. Packed with information that management and bench technologists alike found beneficial, Lucia’s experience working with CLSI provided insight on how to sort through the process of creating and maintaining documents that are of value to the end user as well as compliant with various accrediting bodies.
Our afternoon speaker, Dr. George Kwass, spoke on the timely topic of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and what potential impact it may have on laboratories. As the Vice Chair of the Council on Governmental Affairs, Dr. Kwass’ knowledge of ACA was impressive as was his ability to educate a room full of Clinical Laboratory Scientists.
In our continued effort to provide educational opportunities that meet the needs of the many different types of members, the day was also mixed with breakout sessions. Cynthia Kulik’s presentation on how to identify, plan and have a crucial conversation was of value to anyone who must deal with a difficult situation. Debbi Tiffany shared with us her experience of laboratory test utilization and how to make the seemingly insurmountable task of analyzing laboratory data one we can all handle. Laura Bollan enlightened us about ways to coach, mentor and develop employees that can help improve not just the employee but the entire work environment. Ms. Bollan also tackled the topic of decision making and problem solving by giving us tools to better deal with situations where prioritization is a must. As you can tell, the day was abundant with information and knowledge everyone in healthcare could benefit from.
Of course our day would not be the success it was if not for the support of our vendors. This year we had record support from more than 30 vendors. It is their generosity that keeps our organization alive and breathing. At the fall meeting we took time to acknowledge this past year's top supporters of our organization and efforts. Our Magnificent Mile award winners were: Cleveland Clinic, Rees Scientific, Orchard Software, Siemens, Techno Clin, Code Map and College of American Pathologists. Our Windy City award winners were: Roche and Mayo Clinic. Finally, our Gold Coast award winner was Quest Diagnostics. Thank you again to all our attendees and vendors.
The Chicago chapter is feverishly planning our winter networking event. Be sure to join us in February for an evening of fun, friends and networking; which as fellow Chicagoans we know is the only way to keep those winter blues at bay.