New Digs for Lab
Microbiology Team Happy in New Home
The microscopes are in place, the high-tech equipment has been moved and now the nearly dozen clinical lab scientists and lab techs are settling into their new home: NorthBay Medical Center’s bright, new microbiology lab, which opened at the end of May.
It is the first part of a $5 million-plus expansion project that also includes a new and improved pharmacy set to open next year.
“It’s a real pleasure to walk in here, it’s so clean and bright,” said an enthusiastic Tim Waller, clinical lab scientist, who showed off the new digs. “It’s a great environment and good for morale.”
Demolition for the project started in February and the microbiology team moved into the old pharmacy space during construction.
“The new lab is larger and gives the clinical lab scientists much needed room,” says Maria Ibasan, clinical lab supervisor. “It’s adjacent to the current laboratory and includes an office for the lab’s medical director, pathologist Dr. Michael Argyres.”
A new microscope was also acquired for the lab.
The microbiology lab has two main functions in the hospital: one is to diagnose infection in the individual patient; the other is to support healthcare associated infection prevention and control. Clinical lab scientists provide rapid and accurate diagnosis of microbes and viruses by examining substances such as blood, urine, stool, cerebrospinal fluid, wound exudate and respiratory secretions.
The lab is staffed 24 hours a day and serves both NorthBay Medical Center and NorthBay VacaValley Hospital.