The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) presented the 2018 Mastership to M. Sue Zaleski, MA, HT(ASCP)SCT, during its 2018 Annual Meeting held Oct. 3-5 in Baltimore. This award honors ASCP members who have made a significant contribution to pathology through sustained service to the profession and to ASCP.

“I wish to share this special recognition with my many mentors and my University of Iowa Healthcare colleagues who continue to inspire me to dream and to push toward accomplishing great things,” she said.

Her contribution to the University of Iowa Healthcare, Iowa City, Iowa, where she has worked since 1979, includes positions in laboratory management and quality and operations improvement in the Department of Pathology. In the Pathology Department, she was known for her education and support of residents as they developed microscopic skills for cytologic interpretation or learned about the principles of Lean through process improvement projects in pathology. She was also known for her ability to problem solve. She developed a quality system with her team that allowed for timely feedback between the pathologist and technologist with outcomes of improved tissue staining and interpretation.

In 2014, Ms. Zaleski joined the hospital administration’s Department of Operation Excellence, where she continues to use and teach the scientific method for problem-solving. She has been instrumental in the administration and continuous improvement of the two-day Lean Course offered to all UIHC employees several times a year.

Over the years, she has held numerous volunteer leadership positions with ASCP, including chair of the Council of Laboratory Professionals, the ASCP Board of Directors, the Executive Board and the Membership Committee. She currently serves on ASCP’s National Pathology Quality Registry Steering Committee.

Ms. Zaleski earned a bachelor’s degree in health education and a master’s degree in policy, planning and leadership from the University of Iowa. Her certifications include Lean for Healthcare from the University of Tennessee, Green Belt Training from the Iowa Quality Center and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Certificate in Quality & Safety.