Labs Respond to Uncertain Economy and Healthcare Reform with Lean Six Sigma Successes


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Labs Respond to Uncertain Economy and Healthcare Reform With Lean Six Sigma Successes

AUSTIN, Texas (December 2, 2009) — With the economy in the tank and Congress about to enact radical reforms to the American healthcare system, clinical laboratories and pathology groups are struggling to stay financially solvent. However, a subset of American clinical labs are holding their own. The Dark Report has investigated their success and finds one common attribute sets them apart from struggling labs: effective use of Lean and Six Sigma methods.

To help all lab managers and pathologists achieve similar success in their own labs, The Dark Report asked two leading experts to share the proven secrets and strategies of Lean Six Sigma. These important findings will be presented at the upcoming audio conference “Achieving “World Class” Performance: New Ways Every Lab Can Use Lean Six Sigma to Stop Bad Outcomes and Boost Financial Performance!” ( on Thursday, December 17, 2009.

This energizing session is designed for advanced, intermediate, and beginning practitioners. There will be a quick review of the basics of Lean and Six Sigma: what each does, how they are used, and why each has a role in advancing the clinical and operational success of the clinical laboratory and pathology group. The experts are Leslie Sprick, MT (ASCP) and M. Susan Stegall, CMC, MT (ASCP), principals at Sprick, Stegall & Associates, one of the nation’s most respected laboratory consultancies.

Several powerful laboratory case studies will demonstrate the transformative power of an effective Lean Six Sigma improvement effort. Advanced practitioners and beginners both will recognize the simplicity of the Lean philosophy and why it can be simple to implement in any laboratory. Along with that inspiration will be provided the essential caveats: the “do’s and don’ts” to follow to ensure rapid results and significant improvement.

There will be a valuable question-and-answer session so those participating in this special audio conference can ask questions specific to the unique needs of their laboratory. Registration to this audio conference is now open at LINK. Members of the press who would like to hear how laboratories are using Lean Six Sigma to cope with a dismal economy and declining reimbursement for lab testing services should contact THE DARK REPORT at 512-264-7103.

For additional information, Contact:  Ron Martin, 512-264-7103

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Established in 1995, The Dark Report is the leading source of exclusive business intelligence for laboratory CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Pathologists and Senior industry executives. It is widely-read by leaders in laboratory medicine and diagnostics. The Dark Report produces the famous Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management every spring, which showcases innovations by the nation’s and globe’s leading laboratory organizations. Dark Daily is an Internet-based e-briefing intelligence service, read worldwide by thought leaders in laboratory and pathology management. Other well-known conferences conducted by The Dark Report are Lab Quality Confab (on the use of Lean and Six Sigma methods in labs and hospitals), Molecular Summit (on the integration of in vivo and in vitro diagnostics). The Dark Report co-produces Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine annually in the United Kingdom; Executive Edge bi-annually in Canada; and The Business of Pathology bi-annually in Australia.