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Integrating Laboratories for Enhanced Efficiency

Are you considering a laboratory integration and not sure where to start or what pitfalls might arise along the way? Why not partner with an expert in laboratory integrations that can lead you down the path to success? After 6 integrations, the first of which taking place in 1999 to integrate testing from six hospitals our central reference laboratory, Alverno’s expert team knows how to guide you through the process.

Knowing how to structure your integration is the foundation of a success.

Each merger taught us how to create a strategic plan that considered all facets, from formation documents to staffing, logistics to pathologist buy-in, to rapid response test menus and everything in-between. The list is long and not having experience can make navigation difficult.

Alverno Laboratories has experts in both setting up new laboratories and creating a reference laboratory; learn more and consider contacting Alverno to chat with our exceptional leaders.

Meet Our Consulting Team

Don-Lair

Don Lair

Director of Quality Assurance and PMO

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Don Lair

Before beginning his role as Director of Quality Assurance and PMO in 2014, Don began his laboratory career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in August 2000 at Franciscan Alliance, moving with the transition to Alverno in 2005. His 20+ years of laboratory experience are backed by multiple degrees including an Associate’s in Medical Technology, a BS in Health Sciences, an MBA and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

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Maja Risteska

Manager of Point of Care Testing

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Maja Risteska

Since joining Alverno in 2008, Maja has held multiple positions in the company including serving as a Laboratory Scientist and Point of Care Coordinator. She is well versed in laboratory accrediting agencies, including CAP, CLIA and COLA.  She has been serving in her current role as Manager of Point of Care Testing and Alverno Safety Committee Chairperson since 2019. Her 14+ years of laboratory experience are supported by her BS in Biology from Purdue University. Maja also received her Master’s in Health Care Administration from University of Saint Francis.

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Christina Smith

System Quality Program Coordinator

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Christina Smith

Christina joined the Quality team as a System Quality Program Coordinator in 2020. She has also served as a Histology Coordinator, Cytotechnologist, and an Anatomic Pathology Clinical Instructor. As an Instructor, Christina designed and implemented the Alverno Histo Trainee Program. She is a certified Histotechnician (HT), Cytotechnologist (CT), and possesses a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification (LSSGB).

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Elizabeth Madura

System Quality Program Coordinator

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Elizabeth Madura

Beginning her laboratory career in 1990 as an Immunohematologist, Elizabeth has also held roles as an ASCP certified Medical Technologist – Generalist, MLS and MLT Clinical Instructor, MT Trainer, and now serves as one of Alverno’s System Quality Program Coordinators. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and possesses a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the University of Michigan.

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Dale Kahn

VP of Operations

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Dale Kahn

With over 35 years of laboratory experience and a Bachelor of Science degree from Manchester College, Dale began his career by specializing in the Chemistry field and the IT area of the laboratory with Franciscan Alliance. He moved into management early in his career and was heavily involved in the planning and design team that originally built Alverno in 1999. He accepted the role as Central Laboratory Director for Alverno in 2002 and more recently as Vice President of Operations.

Sam-Terese

Sam Terese

CEO and President

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Sam Terese

Sam Terese, MBA, MT (ASCP), has over 40 years of healthcare leadership experience and began his role as Alverno’s CEO and President in 2011. Since joining Alverno in 2005, Terese has served as a member of the senior executive team, facilitating the testing integration of multiple hospital laboratories. Terese’s skills include business development, marketing, financial, planning, strategic planning, and other management tools along with being well versed in quality assurance practices, principles of Lean, Six Sigma, developing teams, and laboratory operations and health system operations. He holds Six Sigma black belt, an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Strategic Planning and Marketing, and bachelor’s degrees in Medical Technology from Rosalind Franklin University Chicago and Biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Meet Our Consulting Team

Don-Lair
Don Lair
Director of Quality Assurance and PMO

Before beginning his role as Director of Quality Assurance and PMO in 2014, Don began his laboratory career as a Medical Laboratory Scientist in August 2000 at Franciscan Alliance, moving with the transition to Alverno in 2005. His 20+ years of laboratory experience are backed by multiple degrees including an Associate’s in Medical Technology, a BS in Health Sciences, an MBA and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Maja-Risteska-new
Maja Risteska
Manager of Point of Care Testing

Since joining Alverno in 2008, Maja has held multiple positions in the company including serving as a Laboratory Scientist and Point of Care Coordinator. She is well versed in laboratory accrediting agencies, including CAP, CLIA and COLA.  She has been serving in her current role as Manager of Point of Care Testing and Alverno Safety Committee Chairperson since 2019. Her 14+ years of laboratory experience are supported by her BS in Biology from Purdue University. Maja also received her Master’s in Health Care Administration from University of Saint Francis.

Christina-Smith-1
Christina Smith
System Quality Program Coordinator

Christina joined the Quality team as a System Quality Program Coordinator in 2020. She has also served as a Histology Coordinator, Cytotechnologist, and an Anatomic Pathology Clinical Instructor. As an Instructor, Christina designed and implemented the Alverno Histo Trainee Program. She is a certified Histotechnician (HT), Cytotechnologist (CT), and possesses a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification (LSSGB).

Elizabeth-Mdura
Elizabeth Madura
System Quality Program Coordinator

Beginning her laboratory career in 1990 as an Immunohematologist, Elizabeth has also held roles as an ASCP certified Medical Technologist – Generalist, MLS and MLT Clinical Instructor, MT Trainer, and now serves as one of Alverno’s System Quality Program Coordinators. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and possesses a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certification from the University of Michigan.

Dale-Kahn
Dale Kahn
VP of Operations

With over 35 years of laboratory experience and a Bachelor of Science degree from Manchester College, Dale began his career by specializing in the Chemistry field and the IT area of the laboratory with Franciscan Alliance. He moved into management early in his career and was heavily involved in the planning and design team that originally built Alverno in 1999. He accepted the role as Central Laboratory Director for Alverno in 2002 and more recently as Vice President of Operations.

Sam-Terese
Sam Terese
CEO and President

Sam Terese, MBA, MT (ASCP), has over 40 years of healthcare leadership experience and began his role as Alverno’s CEO and President in 2011. Since joining Alverno in 2005, Terese has served as a member of the senior executive team, facilitating the testing integration of multiple hospital laboratories. Terese’s skills include business development, marketing, financial, planning, strategic planning, and other management tools along with being well versed in quality assurance practices, principles of Lean, Six Sigma, developing teams, and laboratory operations and health system operations. He holds Six Sigma black belt, an M.B.A. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in Strategic Planning and Marketing, and bachelor’s degrees in Medical Technology from Rosalind Franklin University Chicago and Biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.