September 6, 2016 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

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During the widespread floods in Louisiana last month, Pathology Group of Louisiana (PGL) activated its disaster preparedness plan and managed to avoid any interruption of its pathology services. One vital element of that plan was a telephone tree that kept managers and staff in communication. CEO Pika Sdrougias reported that the laboratory facility survived undamaged. But that is not true for many of the lab’s 125 employees. “Thirty-one of our employees (24% of the staff) have sustained total loss of their homes and belongings,” stated Sdrougias. “The unprecedented floods took everything: their homes, personal possessions; even their cars are now a total loss.”

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To help those employees who have suffered these losses, PGL launched a national campaign to secure donations to help their 31 employees and families. Lab professionals and lab companies can help the PGL staff and their families recover. One way is to contribute to a GoFundMe campaign. The goal is $50,000 goal. As of press time, pledges totaled more than $22,000. To help, go to: https://www.gofundme.com/2k5gsw4. Another way is to contact PGL’s office to learn what is most needed.

CEO LEAVES BOSTON HEART

There’s been a change in leadership at Boston Heart Diagnostics, the cardiology testing lab based in Framingham, Mass. Last month, CEO and President Susan Hertzberg left the company. Shortly thereafter, CFO Kim Bracuti also left. Stepping into the CEO role is Tom Burnell. He was formerly CEO of ViraCor-IBT. Both Viracor-IBT and Boston Heart are owned by EuroFins Scientific. In a 2014 front page story in The Wall Street Journal, Boston Heart was identified as one of several cardiology testing labs under investigation by the Department of Justice, along with Health Diagnostic Laboratory (HDL), Singulex, Berkeley HeartLab, and Atherotech Diagnostics Lab. A federal whistleblower case was settled by HDL and Singulex in 2015. Other than the news story in the Journal, Boston Heart has not been publicly associated with any government investigation. Eurofins acquired Boston Heart in 2015.

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That’s all the insider intelligence for this report. Look for the next briefing on Tuesday, September 26, 2016.

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