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KFLA moves to Yellow Covid zone Monday 2021March22

Ontario Public Health announced Friday that Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington will be moving into the yellow-protect zone of the province’s COVID-19 response framework.

The change will come into effect Monday 2201 March 22  at 12:01 a.m.

KHSC Laboratory Services receive four year accreditation

KHSC Laboratory Services receive four year accreditation

KHSC Laboratory Services receive four year accreditation Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) laboratory services has received full accreditation for another four-year period. “Achieving these results was a collaborative effort by all laboratory staff, as well as departments across KHSC, and speaks to the wide engagement of stakeholders that were involved in preparing for this accreditation process,” says Joyce deVette-McPhail, Administrative Director of Clinical Laboratory Services. “The accomplishment was no small feat, especially given the challenges of preparation amidst COVID-19.”

KHSC laboratories were put to the test earlier this month by the Institute for Quality Management in Health Care during a four-day accreditation process, which was conducted for the first time by virtual peer assessment due to the ongoing pandemic.

“The assessors also reached out virtually across the hospital to talk with staff to see first-hand how our laboratory policies and processes work in practise,” said deVette-McPhail. “They visited numerous departments and through these conversations they saw first-hand how everyone across KHSC has a role to play in helping us meet and excel on our standards. Staff have a strong awareness of all the various accreditation requirements and it becomes natural to implement these quality requirements in all aspects of patient care. The accreditation process helps the entire organization work together to create a focus on patient safety and continuous quality improvement. KHSC patients ultimately benefit from this strong commitment to safety and quality.”

There were many areas of the laboratory operations and services that impressed the accreditors including KHSC’s focus on risk management and electronic document control. For example, the OMNI software system has 5,000 policies and procedures which cover the large scope of practice of the clinical laboratories.

“Laboratory test results impact many areas of people’s daily lives,” says Dr. Sandip SenGupta, Medical Director of Clinical Laboratory Services. “Accreditation enhances public confidence in those test results and elevates the integrity of the medical diagnostic testing system by providing rigorous, objective, third-party evaluation according to international standards. To have achieved a four year accreditation shows the level of dedication and daily commitment of our staff and faculty across multiple disciplines to transform care together.”

Assessors reviewed standards for compliance with systems, processes and procedures in each of the 11 laboratories, Point of Care Testing, and phlebotomy at KGH site; as well as the GI Function lab, Moh’s Clinic, phlebotomy and blood dispensing services at HDH site

Dr. Curtis Oleschuk -Service Chief for Clinical Chemistry

Dr. Curtis Oleschuk -Service Chief for Clinical Chemistry

I am very happy to announce the appointment of Dr. Curtis Oleschuk as Service Chief for Clinical Chemistry at KHSC effective January 1 2021. Curtis takes over this role from Dr. Sandip Sengupta who has provided interim coverage since the retirement of Dr. Michael Chan.

Curtis joined us in September from Diagnostic Services in Winnipeg although he knows Kingston very well, having completed his PhD here in 2004 under the supervision of our own Dr. Susan Cole. Curtis did his Fellowship in Clinical Chemistry at McMaster University and has special interests in forensic toxicology, utilization management and quality improvement and holds a Green Belt Six Sigma Quality Improvement Certification.

I would like to recognize Dr. Sengupta for his coverage of this role over the last few months and also Dr. Yun Huang, Clinical Chemist and Director of Point of Care Testing, and Donnah Pocius, manager of clinical chemistry, for their hard work in supporting the chemistry service during this time of transition.

Please welcome Curtis to his new role. 

Dr. Alexander (Sandy) Boag

Head and Pathologist in Chief

Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine

Queen's University and Kingston Health Sciences Centre

Queen’s University invites applications for the position of Head of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine.

Queen’s University invites internal applications for the position of Head of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine. We are searching for an outstanding academic physician with a record of administrative leadership and excellence in research and clinical skills.

The Head will be responsible for managing teams that foster continuing excellence in teaching, patient care and research at Queen’s and its affiliated teaching hospitals, Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care.

The qualified applicant must provide evidence of an ability to lead and work in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment and have a demonstrated record of scholarly achievement. Applicants must be eligible for licensure in Ontario.

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