Increased Levels of RSV ActivityOctober 31, 2022
Annette Iacono is the president of Brookside Clinical Laboratory, Inc., a family-owned business established in Brookhaven, Pennsylvania in 1966 by her father, the late John J. Iacono. Ms. Iacono attended American University (AU) in Washington DC, on a full Division 1 basketball scholarship. She received a BSBA from the AU Kogod School of Business. After graduating, she joined Oliver T. Carr Company in Washington DC, serving as director of operations. Ms. Iacono joined Brookside in September 1990 as vice president.
A member of the American Association of BioAnalysts since 1991, Ms. Iacono has serviced as AAB president twice, vice president, and board member. She helped to create the Executive Officers Section of AAB, which developed into the National Independent Laboratory Association (NILA), a very influential resource on Capitol Hill. Her leadership as NILA vice chair has helped the clinical laboratory industry with many battles.
In 1981 the AAB Board of Directors established the Lucian Dean Hertert Memorial Award in honor of the late Lucien D. Hertert, AAB’s first executive director (1956 – 1962). The AAB Board specified that the Lucien D. Hertert Award be given to an individual who exemplifies the dedication, loyalty, and service that Hertert gave to his profession.
AAB elected to bestow its highest honor, the Lucien Dean Hertert Memorial Award, to Annette Iacono in 2012. Colleague Pat Lanza, the 2010 Hertert Award Winner writes, “as chair of NILA, I have had the opportunity to work very closely with Annette for many years. Annette’s quick thinking saved the industry when CMS planned to require physician signatures on every test requisition. Annette went to one of the nursing homes that her laboratory serviced and did a video interview with a nurse who explained how difficult it would be to obtain a physician signature on each requisition. Annette then posted the video on YouTube and showed it to one of the heads of CMS following a hearing. After seeing it, CMS made the decision not to require physician signatures. The video made an impression when other efforts did not.”
“Without Annette’s help, dedication, and passion, we would not have achieved important goals for our industry.”
Ms. Iacono continues to serve on the AAB Board of Directors and is vice president of NILA.