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Georgia Carr has worked as a frontline medical laboratory technologist (MLT) in biochemistry, hematology, and transfusion medicine, later overseeing flow cytometry as well as quality and compliance. Both her grandparents and parents were born in Northwestern Ontario, which is where her passion lies. Georgia is currently the laboratory manager at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre (TBRHSC), working to ensure optimal delivery of laboratory services for the region.
Valerie Hencze has been a volunteer medical laboratory assessor with Accreditation Canada Diagnostics for over 12 years. Her expertise is drawn from her 20 years of experience as a core lab technologist. For the past 17 years, Valerie has worked in the department of anatomical pathology at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. She describes her role as an assessor being a key piece of quality management, as a medical laboratory technologist.
With over 33 years of healthcare leadership experience, Manuel Giraldo has held several positions in private and public organizations. He had worked in various capacities at two major teaching hospitals in Toronto and currently is a senior leader of the Department of Laboratory Medicine at North York General Hospital. Manuel has participated in several hospital-wide initiatives, such as breast cancer accreditation and improvements around Access to Care. He is also quite engaged in Choosing Wisely national and international initiatives.
Gerald MacDonald is a medical radiation technologist certified in radiography as well as magnetic resonance. His career has taken him from small community hospitals to the private sector, to large teaching hospitals. He now manages a growing diagnostic imaging department at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. He was among the first group of assessors who trained for the Diagnostic Imaging accreditation program and has been an assessor for the first two diagnostic imaging assessments.
Laurie Sweeting is a medical laboratory technologist (MLT) with further education in health services management and public administration. Laurie has had the opportunity to work with numerous laboratory teams in major academic hospitals. Through her work at the Ontario Ministry of Health (MOH) and Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), Laurie has helped shape provincial laboratory policies and programs. She is currently the director of operations and quality manager at In-Common Laboratories (ICL), a not-for-profit laboratory and broker of laboratory tests that provides test referral services upon which Ontario laboratories depend. Laurie notes that ICL services have recently expanded to work with pharmacists to support the COVID-19 response.
AC Diagnostics is proud to recognize the many accomplishments of medical diagnostic professionals across the country. Medical laboratory professionals play a pivotal role in providing quality patient care. The demands are high and the important work that takes place behind the scenes is critical in guiding medical decisions about patient health. Having various specializations within the profession, medical laboratory professionals are trained with the specific knowledge and skills to perform their individual roles. We thank you for your dedication and resilience!
Please join us in extending our best wishes to IQMH President, Jeff Sumner, who is retiring on March 31, 2021. Jeff has been leading IQMH since 2017 and has dedicated his career to improving the quality of medical laboratories across the country for many years.
Access to eBinder ePortal is now through the new Accreditation Canada Diagnostics website: https://diagnostics.accreditation.ca/.
A new version of the eBinder iOS and Android apps is now available. To continue using eBinder, assessors must install or upgrade the app on their device.
Together, Health Standards Organization (HSO) and Accreditation Canada (AC) are happy to announce that we have been selected as one of Excellence Canada’s Healthy Workplace Month Great Employer Award winners! Watch the video.
On November 30, 2020, IQMH and Accreditation Canada moved forward with their planned integration by welcoming the IQMH Centre for Accreditation to the Accreditation Canada family. IQMH Centre for Accreditation has been rebranded as Accreditation Canada (AC) Diagnostics. The IQMH Centre for Education and Echocardiography (EQI) services are also part of this transfer, while the IQMH Centre for Proficiency Testing remains within IQMH as a controlled affiliate of Accreditation Canada.
In the fall of 2019, Accreditation Canada (AC) and the Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare (IQMH) announced an agreement to join forces bringing the longest standing healthcare accreditation body in Canada and Canada’s largest provider of medical laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing together. In October 2019, IQMH became a controlled affiliate of AC to advance a common goal of improving the quality of healthcare in Canada and around the world.
To defeat COVID-19 everyone has to do their part. Accreditation Canada, Health Standards Organization Institute for Quality Management in Healthcare and our partners have released a suite of resources to support health care and social service workers and their organizations.
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