NYC Health + Hospitals completes major lab upgrades at all 11 public hospitals to deliver faster test results and lower lab costs

NYC Health + Hospitals completes major lab upgrades at all 11 public hospitals to deliver faster test results and lower lab costs

New state-of-the-art lab at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue completes system-wide upgrades

November 10, 2022

NYC Health + Hospitals today announced the completion of a major five-year project to modernize chemistry labs at all 11 public hospitals with new technology and equipment that will improve turnaround times for patients. tests and reduce laboratory costs by $4.3 million per year. The final stage of the system-wide project was marked by the opening of the new state-of-the-art laboratory at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. NYC Health + Hospitals processes more than 4.3 million routine chemical tests annually for heart disease, diabetes, pregnancy and more.

NYC Health + Hospitals replaced old lab equipment with new automated lab equipment that classifies, analyzes, and tests more specimen types at the same time and requires less manual intervention, improving turnaround time. obtaining test results. For example, the turnaround time for the Basic Metabolic Profile test will now take 45 minutes instead of 60 minutes. Additionally, by standardizing practices and purchasing equipment for 11 labs, the health system has achieved economies of scale that will help reduce its annual chemistry expenditures from $12 million to $7.7 million. , resulting in annual savings of $4.3 million.

“With the opening of the new lab at Bellevue Hospital, all 11 hospitals in the NYC Health + Hospitals system have modern chemistry analyzers, and all of our patients will receive their test results sooner,” said Kenra Ford, Vice President of Medical and Professional Affairs, NYC Health + Hospitals. “Additionally, we were able to leverage the total system volume and negotiate better pricing for all of our hospital labs, increasing efficiency and creating standard technical and operational workflows using this new equipment. “

“This modern technology enables our excellent medical team to deliver highly reliable results faster to patients, discuss treatment options and make care decisions,” said William Hicks, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. “It allows us to more effectively meet the demands of a Level I trauma center in New York City, as well as elevate other exceptional care we provide, including stroke and cardiology.”

“This state-of-the-art automated laboratory will allow our medical providers to support the operations of a large metropolitan hospital faster, as it requires less manual intervention by staff, offers a faster turnaround time and handles larger sample volumes,” said Patience Mancho, Director of Clinical Auxiliary Services, NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. “Lab technologists are the backbone of our lab and are always needed to observe, analyze and confirm test results before releasing them to medical providers.”

As the latest lab to come online during the system-wide upgrade, the Bellevue Hospital lab will be able to sort and centrifuge more than 150,000 chemistry and hematology samples per months on the automated lane, an increase of nearly 50,000 samples per month. Other new features include:

  • Modern space to receive and manage incoming samples, where lab assistants verify that equipment and patient information is accurate, correct tests are ordered and performed, and samples are sorted for chemistry, hematology labs and reference;
  • New integrated Roche automated system (cobas 8100 automated track and Pro analyzers) to classify, analyze and test more sample types at the same time and enable faster test results;
  • A new mechanical room with a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, a water purification system and the backup power capabilities needed to support the new laboratory.

MEDIA CONTACT: pressoffice@nychhc.org; 212.788.3339

About NYC Health + Hospitals
NYC Health + Hospitals is the nation’s largest municipal health care system, serving more than one million New Yorkers each year at more than 70 patient care facilities across the city’s five boroughs. A strong network of outpatient primary and specialty care centers based in the neighborhood anchors coordination of care with trauma centers, nursing homes, post-acute care centers, home care agency and plan MetroPlus health system, all supported by 11 essential hospitals. Its diverse workforce of more than 43,000 employees is uniquely focused on empowering New Yorkers, without exception, to live the healthiest lives possible. For more information, visit www.nychealthandhospitals.org and stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NYCHealthSystem or Twitter at @NYCHealthSystem.

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