Farmington Hills, MI (December 27, 2006)--- Rosemarie Sandel, Lab Services Director at Botsford General Hospital, spoke at the Beckman Coulter Symposia 2006, the regional meeting for Beckman Coulter customers and potential clients, held in Indianapolis in November. The format of the meeting was a mixture of technical lectures and an automation forum. Beckman Coulter is a leading manufacturer of biomedical testing instrument systems, tests and supplies that simplify and automate laboratory processes.
Sandel was one of four people who spoke on “How Automation Changed My Life: A Forum on the Power of Process.” Her presentation described Botsford’s hospital laboratory and discussed why Botsford automated. When lab functions were fully automated in 2005, Botsford became the first community hospital-based lab in the country to install robotic tracks for both chemistry and hematology testing. Sandel talked about what criteria Botsford used for the basis of selection, how she and her staff got buy-in by administration, why Botsford selected Beckman and what the effects of automation have been on the lab.
Botsford General Hospital, an independent, acute care, 330-bed community hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2005 Solucient 100 Top Hospitals: Performance Improvement Leaders award and the 2005 Governor’s Award of Excellence for Improving Care in the Hospital and Emergency Department Settings. Botsford’s Web address is www.botsford.org.
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