Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center is ramping up its lab services to possibly triple the number of physicians it services next year.
The Burbank hospital announced this week that early next year it will launch California Laboratory Associates, combining with Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories of Spokane, Wash., to expand its capacity for testing tissue samples for everything from cancer and tuberculosis to vitamin D deficiency.
Rafael Millare, Providence Saint Joseph’s Laboratory and Pathology Services administrative director, said the expansion will allow the hospital to serve more local doctors, send results electronically and compete with large commercial labs, while improving services for hospital clients.
“For the laboratory business in the hospital, the main objective is to serve the in-patient,” Millare said. “With the outreach program now, we have over 1,000 physicians in our database. Once we open up, in our first year we make double or triple that.”
Providence Health Services, the Washington-based parent of Providence Saint Joseph, owns a majority share in PAML and the two already have joint ventures in three other states. This venture would put the hospital in greater competition with the large commercial labs in the industry, New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics Inc. and North Carolina-based LabCorp.