Fred H. Rodriguez, Jr., MD, MASCP

Patricia Knebel, MT(ASCP), MASCP

2012 ASCP Mastership

“I am proud of developing an outstanding laboratory with dedicated and well qualified individuals, and securing a new federal personnel qualification system for our profession.” 
—Patricia Knebel, MT(ASCP)

Years ago, Patricia Knebel, MT(ASCP), was invited by Linda Fell, MS, MASCP, to become a State Adviser and attend an ASCP Matrix Meeting in Chicago. She has been “hooked” on ASCP ever since.

ASCP is fortunate to have had Ms. Knebel as Chair of the ASCP Council of Laboratory Professionals, a member of the ASCP Board of Directors, Executive Committee, Teleconference Committee, and many other committees and task forces.

In 2009, she was awarded the ASCP Excellence in Management Award.

Until her retirement in 2007, Ms. Knebel served as the Laboratory Manager of the Iowa City Veterans Administration (VA) Health Care System, Iowa City, Iowa, for more than 37 years. She was also the Director of Laboratory Personnel Standards and Development, working virtually for the VA Central Office in Washington, D.C. When the VA reorganized its medical centers into regions called Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISNs) and created service lines, Ms. Knebel became the Administrative Officer of the VISN 23 Laboratory Service Line, which included oversight of 11 laboratories in five states.

During her tenure, Ms. Knebel was a member of the VA National Committees for laboratory product standardization and workload recording systems. She chaired an initiative to develop new qualification standards for VA laboratory scientists, and implemented training for each of the VISNs, so that approximately 4,000 medical technicians were professionally boarded. She did this while she chaired the VA National Professional Standard Board.

“I am proud of developing an outstanding laboratory with dedicated and well qualified individuals, and securing a new federal personnel qualification system for our profession,” she wrote.

In recognition of her many contributions to ASCP, Ms. Knebel will receive the ASCP Mastership. She credits ASCP with providing opportunities to enhance her leadership skills, meet other leaders in the laboratory profession, and to contribute to the laboratory community on state and national levels.

A resident of Iowa City, she is a big fan of college football and University of Iowa Hawkeye sports teams. She enjoys golfing, traveling, following her grandchildren’s activities, and has participated in Ragbrai, a 400-mile annual bicycle ride across Iowa.