Lee Grabner, ART (CSMLS)
I began my career in Hematology at the Winnipeg General Hospital (now Health Sciences Centre), advancing from bench technologist to clinical laboratory instructor to charge technologist. During those 16 years I obtained my ART in Hematology.
In 1989 I assumed the role of Coordinator of the Blood Transfusion Service at the Health Sciences Centre (HSC). The Health Sciences Centre is a tertiary care teaching hospital comprised of 5 hospitals. It is designated the Manitoba trauma centre, the centre for solid organ and bone marrow transplantation, and most hospital-based pediatric care in the province. It also provides programs such as adult and pediatric oncology, cardiac, vascular, trauma surgery and women’s health. The HSC is part of a centralized transfusion service (CTS) unique in Canada.
In 2006 I accepted the position of Laboratory Manager for Diagnostic Services at Canadian Blood Services - Winnipeg Centre. CBS Winnipeg Centre provides centralized transfusion services to 2 tertiary care hospitals, 4 community hospitals, and 2 health centres in Winnipeg as well as 70 hospitals in rural Manitoba and also provides reference services for Northwestern Ontario and 6 Manitoba crossmatching sites. The CTS is based in the Diagnostic Services Crossmatch Laboratory. CBS Winnipeg Centre is situated on the HSC campus.
We also provide a centralized provincial perinatal testing service based out of the Manitoba Rh Program Laboratory and national HPA, HLA and HNA testing provided by the Platelet Immunology Laboratory.
2006 - present Member, Transfusion Medicine Nurse Expert Resource Group, Blood Programs, Manitoba Health
2002 Member, Transfusion Medicine Working Group on Quality Improvement, Blood Programs, Manitoba Health
1998 – present Assessor/Inspector for the Manitoba Quality Assurance Program, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
1996 – 2003 Member, Transfusion Medicine Working Group, Manitoba Quality Assurance Program, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Manitoba
2000 – 2001 Member, Manitoba Hepatitis C Blood Recipient Notification Project, Blood Programs, Manitoba Health
1994 – 1996 Vice President, President, Past President, Manitoba Society of Medical Laboratory Technologists (MSMLT)