Oregon Medical Laboratories Opens Local Laboratory
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
April 17, 2006

West Linn, Ore. – Underscoring its commitment to the Portland medical community, Oregon Medical Laboratories (OML), the state’s largest clinical and drug testing laboratory, announces the grand opening of its new laboratory and patient service center in West Linn, Ore., located at 2008 Willamette Falls Drive. The state-of-the art laboratory provides Portland area physician offices with quick turnaround on crucial tests, while phlebotomists in the patient service center perform both adult and pediatric draws. The patient service center is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday. Phone is 503.557.0115.

“OML’s investment in a local laboratory to provide physician’s with faster test results is a clear indication of its commitment to the Greater Portland area,” said Maryclair Jorgensen, Executive Director of InterHospital Physicians Association, The Portland IPA. “Our membership has been impressed with the service, quality, coverage area and electronic connectivity that OML provides. The new lab will strengthen the working relationships that have already been formed between Portland doctors and OML.”

The West Linn facility is the company’s first laboratory in the Portland area although OML has been actively serving area physician offices since 2002 through its Portland-based patient service centers, courier system, and client relations specialists.

“Our new lab is a natural step for OML to take in the Portland community,” said Ran Whitehead, CEO of OML. “Physicians requested a local laboratory for the crucial tests that must be done quickly, and OML has responded to that need. Physicians appreciate local services with local personnel they can contact.”

In addition to serving the medical community, OML provides drug-testing services for large employers and occupational medicine programs in the Greater Portland market.

The West Linn lab is the second major operational development for OML in this year. In January, the company relocated its headquarters to a 70,000 square foot, state-of-the-art laboratory at 123 International Way in Springfield, Ore.

About Oregon Medical Laboratories:
Oregon Medical Laboratories is headquartered in Springfield, Ore. With laboratory and collection sites throughout the region, OML offers more than 1,000 different medical diagnostic tests, clinical laboratory consultation and drug testing services to thousands of hospitals, physician offices and employers throughout the Pacific Northwest. Last year, the company performed more than 7 million tests.

Founded in 1986, OML is currently the largest reference laboratory in Oregon, providing nearly half of the state’s reference laboratory services. OML has almost 450 employees, and was once again recognized by Oregon Business magazine as one of the best places to work in Oregon for the third year in a row. (March 2004, March 2005, and March 2006).

Media Contacts:
Linda Hawley, Oregon Medical Laboratories
541-984-8225[email protected]