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Stromecki receives quality award

Posted on: 06/17/2016

Alicia Stromecki, a phlebotomist at Olean General Hospital, received the 2016 Dr. Mary Ellen Reitz Quality Award. The award is presented by Associated Clinical Labs, the company that manages laboratory services at OGH, to someone who exemplifies quality values by putting patients first and consistently performing job duties accurately without compromising patient care.

Stromecki was recognized for her outstanding performance and continual efforts to promote quality and patient satisfaction in the community, said Jennifer Faulkner, MT, lab supervisor at OGH. Stromecki began working at OGH as a phlebotomist in 2008. “Since day one, she has consistently gone above and beyond, putting patient safety and satisfaction at the forefront of all she does,” Faulkner said. “In addition, her professionalism and friendly, caring manner has made the North 8th Street lab a popular site that has grown by leaps and bounds since opening in 2014. This is not only a great accomplishment for Alicia but a great honor for the OGH laboratory,” Jennifer noted.

Dr. Reitz graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1975 and the Medical School University of Buffalo in 1981. She completed her residency in pathology at NYU/Bellevue/N.Y. Va. Hospitals in 1985 and become a Fellow of Blood Banking at the New York Blood Centers in 1986. She married her best friend, Duane Wilkey, on May 15, 1982 and moved to Erie from New York City in 1986. She was a pathologist with Erie Pathology Associates and was medical director of Associated Clinical Laboratories and the Community Blood Bank. She was a consulting physician at the Shriners Hospital and received the Omni Medical Recognition Award in 1988 and The Fellow College of American Pathologist in 1991. She was a member of the Society of Creative Anachronisms where she attained the rank of Viscountess, Laurel and Pelican. She was an avid equestrian, historian, author, cook and artist.

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