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The Importance of Good Governance in Lab Stewardship—Setting Your Program Up for Success

Featuring Karen Brownell From Intermountain Healthcare


7-7:50 a.m. (PT)

Bell Harbor Conference Center


Proper governance is the most important and sometimes the most challenging aspect of developing an effective lab stewardship program. Join ARUP Healthcare Advisory Services experts, Sandy Richman and Tony Smith, as they walk you through establishing a high-functioning interdepartmental laboratory stewardship committee. They will cover the following:

  • How to get approval for your program
  • Objectives and activities of the planning and steering committees
  • Which groups must be represented on the steering committee
  • Potential challenges that may arise and strategies to overcome them
  • Ways to improve collaboration with other clinical care teams in your organization

Karen Brownell, assistant vice president of Laboratory Services at Intermountain Healthcare, will share how her team successfully navigated challenges to gain support for and develop an effective lab stewardship committee. 

This workshop is held in conjunction with the PLUGS® Summit 2022 and is offered at no additional cost to PLUGS Summit attendees.


Karen Brownell headshot Karen Brownell, MM, MT(ASCP)
Assistant Vice President, Laboratory Services
Intermountain Healthcare

Karen Brownell has over 20 years of healthcare experience and is currently the assistant vice president of Laboratory Services for Intermountain Healthcare. In this role, she is responsible for the laboratory services provided throughout the system’s 25 hospitals and 225 clinics across three states. Karen has a passion for utilization management and played a critical role in building a laboratory stewardship program for Intermountain Healthcare. She holds a master’s degree in management from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree in clinical laboratory science from Brigham Young University, and is an American Society for Clinical Pathology board-certified medical technologist.

Sandy Richman Headshot Sandy Richman, MBA, C(ASCP)
Director, Healthcare Advisory Services
ARUP Laboratories

Sandy Richman joined ARUP as a laboratory technologist after earning a degree in biology and chemistry from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. He completed an MBA at the University of Utah and pursued opportunities in revenue cycle management and strategic planning consulting outside of ARUP. Sandy came back to ARUP in 2016 to help build its client offerings. Sandy is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as a technologist in chemistry and is an active member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the American College of Healthcare Executives. 

Tony Smith headshot Tony Smith, BS(HCM), MLT(ASCP)
Senior Healthcare Consultant
ARUP Laboratories

Tony Smith began his career in healthcare as a laboratory assistant for Gundersen Health System in Wisconsin, where he routinely worked in pediatric and adult urgent care, inpatient care, and the emergency room while he attended school to obtain his associate’s degree in a medical laboratory technician (MLT) program. Later, as a technician in transfusion medicine at Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester, Minnesota, Tony expanded his knowledge of transfusion medicine and cellular therapeutics. His interest in pediatrics grew during his 16 years at Children’s Hospital Colorado, where he worked in various preanalytic, technical, lab operations, and management roles, including laboratory stewardship and revenue cycle management.