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Obituary for Robert Ban
Dr. Robert William Ban, loving father, grandfather, husband, innovator, scientist and artist, died peacefully on Saturday, October 15th, 2016. He was 89. His was a storied career of scientific innovation that improved the lives of people throughout the world. With passion and determination, he founded Quantimetrix Corporation more than 40 years ago. That legacy lives on in his son, who now runs the business, and in all those who have been a part of his dream—from a couple of experiments in a garage to a thriving and recognized leader in its industry.
He was passionate about the people he loved and cared about. He was a huge proponent of education and a life-long learner—a value he instilled in both his son and grandchildren. He traveled the world using his experiences to inspire others. He was a published author, an artist, poet and musician. He is survived by his son, Monty Scott Ban, and his daughter-in- law, Neisy Yadira Ban, as well as his granddaughters, Anna Christine Carreras, Alisa Catherine Carreras and Amanda Joyce Ban, and his brother-in- law Michael Ehrlich.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to:
Alzheimer’s Association: Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
National Center for Science Education
Christine Clements Receives Patient Safety Hero Award
Christine Clements, microbiology lab manager, has been presented with Carroll Hospital’s August Patient Safety Hero Award. An associate at the hospital since 2014, Clements received the award for her outstanding work as part of the hospital’s Antibiotic Stewardship Team, which is focused on improving patient safety and the appropriate use of antibiotics at the hospital.
Created by the Josie King Foundation, the Patient Safety Hero Award is presented to caregivers who work hard to create a culture of patient safety within their health care organization. This can be achieved through various ways including listening to patients or their family members; encouraging them to speak up and ask questions at any time; improving communication and teamwork; and addressing potential safety concerns. The award honors those who set an example for others and inspire positive change.
AABB Announces 2016 Memorial Award Recipients
AABB recently released the names of the recipients of its 2016 annual memorial awards, the most prestigious distinctions bestowed by the association. Six individuals were honored for their significant contributions to the advancement of transfusion medicine (TM), cellular therapies (CT) and patient blood management (PBM) during the 2016 AABB Annual Meeting.
Pablo Rubinstein, MD, VP, Director, National Cord Blood Program, New York Blood Center , received the Dale A. Smith Memorial Award. Anand Padmanabhan, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Blood Center of Wisconsin, received the 2016 National Blood Foundation Award for Innovative Research. Nancy Heddle, MSc., FCSMLS(D), Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University, received the Emily Cooley Memorial Award and Lectureship. Fran Rabe, MS, ASQ CQM, Director of Quality Assurance, University of Minnesota, received the Hemphill-Jordan Leadership Award. Stuart Orkin, MD, David G. Nathan Professor of Pediatrics/Chairman, Harvard Medical School/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, received the Karl Landsteiner Memorial Award and Lectureship. Barbara Bryant, MD, MT(ASCP)SBB, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Pathology, Medical Director, Transfusion Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, received the Sally Frank Memorial Award and Lectureship. Finally, Parviz Lalezari, MD, Director of Neurosurgery Research, Montefiore Medical Center, received the Tibor Greenwalt Memorial Award and Lectureship.
ABIM Foundation Recognized for Dialogue on Avoiding Unnecessary Testing
ASCP presented its 2016 ASCP Patients’ Advocate Award to the ABIM Foundation for its leadership in advancing a national dialogue on avoiding wasteful or unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures through its Choosing Wisely campaign. The campaign is a joint initiative with Consumer Reports. The ASCP Patients’ Advocate Award is presented to acknowledge distinguished contributions by members, volunteers, organizations and/or public servants whose actions have furthered patient care within laboratory medicine and pathology.
The Choosing Wisely campaign centers around conversations informed by evidence-based lists created by national medical specialty societies that identify tests and treatments that might be unnecessary or cause harm. More than 75 specialty society partners have released these recommendations with the intention of facilitating wise decisions about the most appropriate care based on a patients’ individual situation. At its 2016 Annual Meeting held in September, ASCP released a new list of recommendations for laboratory tests that are commonly ordered, but are not always appropriate as part of the Choosing Wisely campaign.
American Pathology Foundation (APF) Announces New President and Board of Directors
The American Pathology Foundation (APF), a non-profit professional society devoted to the business and management of pathology, announced its president and Board of Directors serving for the 2016-2018 term.
Gregory S. Henderson, MD, PhD will lead as president of the association, along with three other board members as they look to further the educational resources and initiatives for the pathology business and management industry. Robert C. Babkowski, MD, MMM, and Judy Frost, RN, CPM, were welcomed as incumbent board members. Additionally, Stanette Kennebrew, MBA, JD, will be joining as a new board member.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Receives Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Award
As one of the sponsors of this year’s North American Laboratory Freezer Challenge and an exhibitor at the 2016 International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) Annual Conference in Kansas City, Missouri, Thermo Fisher Scientific is delighted to have been awarded a 2016 Go Beyond award for the Thermo Scientific TSX400 ultra-low temperature (ULT) freezer.
The Go Beyond awards recognize excellence in sustainability in laboratory and other high-technology facilities, with nominations evaluated based on the impact of people, products and projects in the sustainable laboratory community. The Freezer Challenge tasks North American laboratories to compete to become the most energy efficient, with up to eight awards across four categories for university, government, pharmaceutical/biotech, and clinical/hospital laboratories. The award was presented to Thermo Fisher on Sept. 27, 2016, at the I2SL conference.