Mr. Charles Wade Dummer has been appointed as “Best in Medicine” by the American Health Council. He will be sharing his knowledge and expertise on data analysis and visualization, biomedical engineering, patient risk management, process validation, and design control.
With eighteen years of experience in the field, Mr. Charles Wade Dummer excels in his role as the Senior Manager of Technical Services and Risk Management at Fresenius Medical Care. Based in Layton, Utah, Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) is the world’s only fully vertically integrated renal company that provides the highest quality care for individuals with renal and other chronic conditions. As the country’s largest practice of hospitalist and post-acute providers, FMCNA has the most comprehensive line of dialysis equipment, disposable products, and renal pharmaceuticals.
Since joining the Fresenius Medical Care North America Quality team in 2012, Mr. Dummer’s day-to-day responsibilities include the management of the Technical Service Department (Patient-Centered Risk Management, Metrology, Precision Measurement, Process Validation, and Statistical Services), and oversight of the validation process and risk management of products. Mr. Dummer became interested in the biomedical engineering field when he desired to help a family member that suffered from the rare Polycystic Kidney Disease.
In 2000, Mr. Dummer earned his Master’s in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah. Prior to that, in 1996, he received his Bachelors of Science in Molecular Biology from the Brigham Young University.
Mr. Dummer was instrumental in the establishment of the Technical Service Department at the FMC Ogden Facility, revamped the Patient Risk Management System at the FMC Ogden Facility, and co-invented patents for a molecular diagnostic device and a non-invasive urea monitoring system for use during hemodialysis.
Mr. Dummer maintains affiliations with the following organizations: American Society of Quality (ASQ), and Parenteral Drug Association (PDA). He attributes his success to his drive to learn, applying engineering problem-solving principles in all applications, and the way that he approaches a problem creatively. Additionally, he is proud of the support from his family including his lovely wife Shanna and their children Adam, Liza, Makenna, and Maggie.
Looking ahead, Mr. Dummer hopes to establish a fully QS-Integrated Risk Management system (from key process outputs to product failure-modes to patient harm rates) to provide real-time risk-based decisions; to establish semi-automate critical statistical analyzes to minimize misuse of statistical methods in process validation and risk management; and, to continue to focus on building the individuals he works with to be independent, critical thinkers, and well-balanced individuals who enjoy the satisfaction of meaningful contribution.
In his free time, Mr. Dummer enjoys music, singing, playing piano and guitar, theater, gardening, water and snow skiing, soccer, hiking with his family, and writing stories for young children.
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Senior Manager of Technical Services and Risk Management at Fresnius Medical Care
- Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) is the premier health care company focused on providing the highest quality care to people with renal and other chronic conditions. Through its industry-leading network of dialysis facilities, outpatient cardiac and vascular labs, and urgent care centers, as well as the country’s largest practice of hospitalist and post-acute providers
- Fresenius Medical Care provides coordinated health care services at pivotal care points for hundreds of thousands of chronically ill customers throughout the continent. As the world’s only fully vertically integrated renal company, it offers specialty pharmacy and laboratory services, and manufactures and distributes the most comprehensive line of dialysis equipment, disposable products, and renal pharmaceuticals.