Two current members and one past member of NAACLS’ Board of Directors received recognition awards from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) at its Annual Meeting held October 3-5, 2018 in Baltimore, MD.
Patricia Ellinger, MSEd, MASCP, MLS(ASCP)CMSBBCM, received the 2018 President’s Award. This award honors an ASCP member who has gone above and beyond in volunteer activities and made significant contributions to ASCP programs and/or activities. As a member of ASCP for over 45 years, Ms. Ellinger has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to service throughout her career as both an educator and supervisor of a major blood bank laboratory. She has given many lectures and workshops and held many leadership positions. Ms. Ellinger is an ASCP Representative to the NAACLS Board of Directors and currently serves as Secretary and as Board Liaison to the Review Committee for Accredited Programs (RCAP).
Joel M. Shilling, MD, FASCP, received the 2018 Israel Davidsohn Awards for Distinguished Service. This award honors ASCP members who have made a significant impact within ASCP through a variety of roles. Dr. Shilling is a Past President of ASCP and has served as an active member of ASCP for 50 years. He has served on numerous committees at ASCP and has served as Chair of the Board of Governors of the ASCP Board of Registry and has been a member of the ASCP Board of Directors. Dr. Shilling served as medical director for Quest Diagnostics from 1990-2014 and presently serves as an independent contractor for Rapid Response Laboratories for Quest Diagnostics. Dr. Shilling is an ASCP Representative to the NAACLS Board of Directors.
Margaret G. Fritsma, MA, MASCP), MT(ASCP)SBB, received the 2018 Mastership. This award honors ASCP members who have made a significant contribution to pathology through sustained service to the profession and to ASCP. Ms. Fritsma recently retired after leading a career that spanned seven years of clinical experiences in the Transfusion Medicine Laboratories at Southern Baptist Hospital in New Orleans, LA, followed by 30 years of academic experience on the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has been an ASCP member since the beginning of her career. Ms. Fritsma served on the NAACLS Board of Directors from 2009-2017