Last Friday, at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania, members of the health systems’s authority board were given tours of the new $63.4 million clinical laboratory facility. It is scheduled to open on May 4 and will feature the latest state-of-the art analyzers and lab automation systems. Located in a new building of 162,378 square feet, it will be home to more than 350 lab employees.
CEO SUMMARY: An interesting milestone for the clinical lab industry is on the horizon. Physicians Choice Laboratory Services in South Carolina will soon become one of the first lab organizations in the United States to earn joint CLIA and ISO 15189 accreditations with the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). While it was undergoing ISO 15189 accreditation, the organization began to prepare for CLIA accreditation through A2LA, both for a single price.
Quality management systems (QMS) have made inroads in some of the organizations that accredit clinical laboratories in the United States to the requirements of CLIA. Last month, COLA of Columbia, Maryland, acknowledged that it had recertified to the standards of ISO 9001: 2008. The recertification was obtained through the British Standards Institute. COLA earned its
CEO SUMMARY: Quietly published in the March 25 issue of the Federal Register was a notice that CMS had granted deeming authority for CLIA to the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). This action gives laboratories in the United States a new choice to meet the accreditation requirements of CLIA. Founded in 1978, A2LA is
Geisinger Health System broke ground last month on construction of a new $52 million medical laboratory facility. It will be 115,000 square feet and will be located at the site of the Geisinger Medical Center in Danville, Pennsylvania.
LAB COMPANY COMPLETES IPO
Cancer Genetics, Inc., of Rutherford, New Jersey, completed an initial public offering (IPO) and
CEO SUMMARY: Spectra Laboratories Inc., recently announced that it had earned accreditation to the ISO 15189:2007 standard, following an assessment by a team from the Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Spectra is a high-volume laboratory that serves renal patients. It also provides clinical trial testing for pharmaceutical companies. Spectra officials stated that the laboratory wanted
CEO SUMMARY: This intelligence briefing is the third in an ongoing series about quality management systems (QMS) and their role in advancing the performance of clinical laboratories and improving the quality of the testing services they provide. ISO 15189 is a set of standards for medical laboratories based on the ISO 9001 quality management system.
CEO SUMMARY: Early signs are that the quality management systems (QMS) most likely to find favor with hospitals and clinical laboratories in the United States will be those that meet standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Many hospitals and clinical labs are considering adopting ISO 9001 or ISO 15189, respectively. As they
CEO SUMMARY: It’s a story that escapes media coverage. As Hurricane Katrina advanced northward, often the first source of fresh supplies and disaster relief for laboratories affected by the storm was their instrument vendor or other supplier. Many of these companies were prepositioning needed laboratory supplies and relief items even while Hurricane Katrina was still