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Region IV Touchpoint Agenda

October 19, 2019 Columbus, OH

9:30 am Registration and Light Breakfast

10:00 am Welcome and Introduction

10:15 am Current Blood Bank Issues and Solutions

Michelle Hayes, MT(ASCP), SBB, MSc HHSA American Red Cross, IRL Director, Area 5 East

This intermediate session will discuss the evolving issues seen in the age of immunotherapy as they relate to pretransfusion testing in the blood bank. Options available for evaluation and and how to provide blood products for these complex patients will be discussed.

11:15 am ANA testing: Hep-2 IFA versus solid-phase assays

Kathleen Hoag, PhD, MLS(ASCP)cm

Associate Professor, Michigan State University

This intermediate session will compare and contrast the traditional labor-intensive Hep-2 immunofluorescence assay (IFA) for detection and quantification of antinuclear antibodies (ANA) with newer automated solid-phase enzyme-immunoassays. Both the Hep-2 IFA and the solid-phase ANA have pros and cons which laboratorians need to know and communicate to physicians.

12:05 pm Lunch (provided)

12:30 pm Myeloid Leukemia Associated with Down’s Syndrome: Leukemogenesis and Case Study

Nicholas Brehl, M. Ed, MLS (ASCP) cm

Assistant Clinical Professor, Indiana School of Medicine

Children with Down Syndrome are approximately 500 times more likely to develop a myeloid leukemia compared to children without Down Syndrome. This presentation will review the literature regarding the genomic landscape and sequential mutations necessary for the development of myeloid leukemia in this at risk population.

1:30 pm Healthcare Security Awareness

Bradley Estep

Manager, Security Services, Spectrum Health

Staff safety and security has been recognized as a problem across the country. This intermediate session is designed to provide staff with basic tips to recognize and mitigate workplace violence in the healthcare setting.

2:30 Region IV Update, Beth Warning, MS, MLS(ASCP) cm, ASCLS RIV Director

3:00 Program Ends

Link to event registration site

ASCLS-Ohio is an approved provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.

dates to remember

Sat. 10/19/19 @ 10:00AM-3:00PM ASCLS Region IV (OH, IN, KY, MI) Touchpoint Conference (Columbus State Community College, Delaware Campus, OH). Registration is open. Link to event registration site. (To register, this link you will take you to the log for the ASCLS community to get more informtion)

Sat. 11/9/19 @ 9am Speaker (Amanda Mosier CDP, CDCM, SSD, CADDCT - Social Engagement and Science; The changing faces of Dementia) / Board Meeting (IUHPL Indianapolis, IN)

Sat. 2/8/20 @ 9am Speaker (TBD) 1hr PACE credit / Board Meeting (IUHPL Indianapolis, IN)

Wed. 3/18/20 Time TBD Annual Networking Event (Indianapolis, IN)

Sat. 4/4/20 @ 9am Speaker (TBD) 1hr PACE credit / Board Meeting (IUHPL Indianapolis, IN)

WAy to Go Pirates of the Caribbean Blue !!

The 2019 IUPUI Regatta pics


A Tradition of Excellence

The mission of ASCLS is to make a positive impact in health care through leadership that will assure excellence in the practice of laboratory medicine.  Since the profession of medical laboratory technology formed in the late 1920s, Indiana clinical laboratory workers have actively sought to strengthen and improve the laboratory workforce. 

Read and see more about ASCLS-IN history...

Awards announced for outstanding  ACSLS-IN members


This award serves to recognize and reward ASCLS members who have demonstrated their leadership potential to the organization, and to provide these members with structured mentoring.

The Key to the Future Program is administered by the ASCLS Leadership Development Committee and is intended to assist constituent societies in the development of potential leaders to serve at local, state, regional and national levels of the Society. 

Leah Ames

Leah Ames is a Coordinator for the Molecular Biology Department and is the lead medical laboratory scientist responsible for implementing next-generation sequencing at Alverno Laboratories located in Hammond, Indiana. She has spent the last 13 years working in Alverno’s molecular clinical laboratory bringing new diagnostic tests online. She holds a specialist certification in flow cytometry from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and is an adjunct professor for multiple university laboratory science programs. She is currently pursuing a PhD from Northern Illinois University where her research focuses on professional collaboration, patient safety, and improving diagnostics in health care. On a personal note, she has three children (Samantha 13, Jessica 11, and Derek 7) keeping her very busy and loves to travel with her husband, Victor. She is looking forward to strengthening the voice of ASCLS-Indiana and navigating the challenges associated with stewardship for both laboratory professionals and their patients.


First awarded in 1977, Omicron Sigma is the ASCLS President's Honor Roll for Outstanding Service. It provides lasting recognition of those dedicated members who volunteer their personal resources, time and energy to ASCLS. Recognition is at three levels: national, regional, and constituent society. This allows constituent society presidents, regional directors, and the ASCLS President to recognize members for outstanding service. The ASCLS-IN members recognized  are:

Daniella McCurdy

Nicholas Brehl

Norma Erickson

Barbara Hawkins

Erin Law



Bayer-Vile, Julie

Daniels, Max

Dayton, Donna

Hawkins, Barbara

Erickson, Norma

Rudiger, Donna

Wheeler, Mary Ellen


Hawkins, Barbara

Dayton, Donna

Rudiger, Donna

Daniels, Max

McCurdy, Daniella

Erickson, Norma

Wheeler, Mary Ellen

Law, Erin

Your Name Here!


In mid 2018, the ASCLS released a position paper addressing the clinical laboratory workforce shortage. The paper outlines the reasons for the shortfall and its impact on the laboratory, patient care, and education. The task force charged with generating this paper also supported 14 possible actions to remedy the situation. Most are long-term solutions that, and if successful, will help ease the erosion of the profession nationwide.

Indiana, however, is in the danger zone now and needs to confront the issue immediately. Our state ranks third in the nation of having an aging workforce that will retire very soon.

ASCLS-IN has taken steps to address this problem by offering, administering, or providing information about  scholarships for new students. Scholarships

Read more about other ways ASCLS-IN is confronting the problem Engage Indiana 

Engage Indiana highlights projects and initiatives around the state that embody the ASCLS core values. Tell us about your project by contacting


  1. Defining the characteristics of competent personnel within the profession and providing professional development opportunities so that practitioners can maintain competency are essential roles of a professional association.
  2. Enabling laboratory professionals to function at their highest level of competence will contribute to cost effective health care.
  3. Promoting diversity supports the delivery of quality laboratory service.
  4. Taking a leadership role in standard and policy setting is a core professional responsibility.
  5. Advocating for quality within the laboratory is essential to the assurance of quality health care delivery.

Scientific Assemblies and Continuing Education

P.A.C.E. credit is available at no charge to those who attend our educational meetings and symposia. 

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