Category Archives: Employee Recognition

CLIA Program highlighted during Medical Laboratory Professionals Week

This week is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week and we at DHEC want to highlight our Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) Program. 

CLIA was created in 1988 to establish quality standards for all laboratory testing. It is through CLIA that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is responsible for overseeing all the laboratory testing performed on humans in the U.S., except for clinical trials and research.

Some responsibilities of our CLIA team include surveying, certifying and recertifying laboratories for participation in Medicare and Medicaid programs based on federal and safety standards. Our CLIA survey team ensures that laboratory facilities performing tests on human specimens obtain proper CLIA certification and comply with CLIA regulations. The team also makes recommendations to CMS regarding survey findings and investigates complaint allegations of CLIA violations.

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CLIA team members (left to right): Mary Jo Roue, Lakeisha Wright, Ashley Gibbs, Kiawania Reed and Amelyn Olson.

“DHEC’s role with CLIA entitles quality standards for laboratories to ensure the accuracy, reliability, and timeliness of the patient’s results,” said Kiawania Reed, Bureau of Certification. “I make a difference by promoting teamwork, serving the community, and assuring achievable standards of quality and professionalism in our pursuit of healthy people living in healthy communities.”

Our CLIA Program must meet CMS performance expectations annually. CMS conducts a review every year to assess  DHEC’s ability to meet specific performance standards and to evaluate our performance of CLIA surveys and certification activities. Our CLIA team has met 100 percent of all performance standards for the past two consecutive federal fiscal years.

Many thanks to the members of our CLIA team for their hard work!

Welcome to DHEC’s New Chemistry Division Director for the Bureau of Laboratories

DHEC has a new director of the Chemistry Division in our Bureau of Laboratories: Dr. Ona Adair.

In this role, Dr. Adair manages the operations and strategic planning for two public health laboratory programs with the Bureau of Laboratories: Clinical and Newborn Screening and Analytical Chemistry.

Prior to joining DHEC, Dr. Adair held several positions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, including analyst in the PA Newborn Screen Quality Assurance Program, supervisor of the chemical terrorism section, and laboratory system quality specialist.

Dr. Adair holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Medicinal Chemistry from Duquesne University and a Bachelor of Science degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She is excited to apply her diverse laboratory operations and administration experience to the mission of improving the quality of health for all South Carolinians.  

Welcome, Dr. Adair! 

Winners of DHEC’s top employee award recognized

Fifteen S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control employees were honored March 23 for embodying the agency’s core values. The Director’s Award, established in 2015, is DHEC’s most prestigious employee award and is presented annually.

This year’s award winners are:

  • Louis Eubank, Certificate of Need program director
  • Jessica Boynton and Matt Slagel, Ocean & Coastal Resource Management
  • Hurricane Matthew GIS Team: Wesley Askew, John Boulware, Seth Church, Elzbieta Covington, Jeannie Eidson, and Emily Watson
  • Agency Rebrand Team from Communications: Mary-Kathryn Craft, Anthony Doyle, Cristi Horne, Joshua Laney, and Sheree Muse
  • Carol Hodges, Marion County nurse site supervisor

Meet the award winners in this video:

The winners were selected from a pool of 45 nominations submitted by colleagues from throughout the agency. The Director’s Award Selection Committee had the difficult task of closely reviewing all of the nominations and choosing the final award winners from the competitive group of nominees.

Read more about the winners and their work here.

Please join the agency in congratulating the winners on their outstanding achievement!

​DHEC wins 2 awards for notable documents

Congratulations to our Environmental Quality Control team, Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity & Obesity, and Creative Services for winning two South Carolina State Library Notable State Documents Awards.

Team DHEC was acknowledged for its work on two documents: Indoor Mold After a Severe Weather Event and South Carolina Healthy Comprehensive Planning Project.

S.C. Notable Documents Award

Left to right: Teresa Hill, Kelly Kavanaugh, Cristi Horne, Fran Marshall, Rhonda Thompson and Lawra Boyce.

The indoor mold document is an online topical document on indoor mold after the 2015 severe flooding and Hurricane Matthew in 2016. It is an easy-to-read guide on the potential health risks of exposure to indoor mold on certain populations, such as children younger than 12 or people with a weakened immune system.

Kudos to Fran Marshall, Lawra Boyce and Rhonda Thompson for accepting the award and to Cristi Horne, the designer.

The S.C. Healthy Comprehensive Planning Project supports county comprehensive plans that promote healthy eating and active living benefits through community planning statewide.

Kudos to Teresa Hill, Kelly Kavanaugh, and Lori Phillips for accepting the award and to Josh Laney, the designer.

The South Carolina State Library’s Notable State Documents List Award is given out annually. It is meant to call attention to the most informative documents released by state agencies each year.

DHEC is proud to be one of several agencies recognized not once but twice.

DHEC’s Billy Wiggins Chosen for National Nursing Program

Billy Wiggins of the DHEC Client Services team will soon embark on a journey to grow as a nurse and leader.

Billy, who is a Registered Nurse, is one of 20 people chosen for the prestigious the Amy V. Cockcroft Nursing Leadership Development Program from across the nation.

“It’s a very exciting time here at DHEC to have someone as ambitious as Billy participating in a nationally-recognized nursing leadership program,” said Nick Davidson, director of Client Services. “Billy’s role in working with the regions and programs to evaluate and improve internal systems issues uniquely positions him to benefit greatly from this program.”

The program provides nursing leaders with the skills needed to actively shape health care and the profession of nursing.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity and am certain I will acquire skills and knowledge I’ll use throughout the rest of my career,” Billy said.

This progressive leadership program will advance Billy’s ability to lead and navigate while also educating him on how to work effectively with interdisciplinary teams.

“I’m looking forward to learning skills to help guide my decision making processes and enhancing my communication and leadership skills to serve both myself and DHEC.”

It’s no easy task to complete the program. The year-long program includes five intensive, three-day sessions spread out throughout the year. Each participant must also plan and complete an interdisciplinary project.

“The skills that I attain from the program will become a part of my everyday functionality,” Billy added. “I want us in public health to have an opportunity to challenge ourselves and see what we can do to continue to improve our customer service, externally and internally.”

The program will begin in March. Good luck to Billy, and many thanks to him for continuing to uphold DHEC’s core value of pursuing excellence.