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Southwest Washington keeps its focus on manufacturing

Southwest Washington keeps its focus on manufacturing

Southwest Washington boasts a number of regional factors that are beneficial to ...

Cantwell: Southwest Washington struggling to get SBA loans

Cantwell: Southwest Washington struggling to get SBA loans

The office of Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) issued a report on Wednesday reveali...

Trust, Park Service fail to reach agreement on Pearson Air Museum

Trust, Park Service fail to reach agreement on Pearson Air Museum

Several months after having entered into formal mediation talks to discuss issue...

Riverview Community Bank celebrates regulatory decision

Riverview Community Bank celebrates regulatory decision

Officials at Riverview Community Bank are moving forward with confidence knowing...

Commercial development: Building for tomorrow

Commercial development: Building for tomorrow

If commercial developers feel like circus performers walking a tightrope, there ...

 Business Growth Award finalists announced

Business Growth Award finalists announced

14 businesses have been named finalists for the Vancouver Business Journal's 201...

Design & Construction

Commercial development: Building for tomorrow

Commercial development: Building for tomorrow

If commercial developers feel like circus performers walking a tightrope, there is good reason.

Limited financing, escalating regulatory and raw material costs, and still-low property valuations make penciling out a project difficult. And yet, workforce trends and emerging technologies demand designs that look to the future.

Build to the budget

According to Ron Frederiksen, president of RSV Bui...

Innovation & Manufacturing

Southwest Washington keeps its focus on manufacturing

Southwest Washington keeps its focus on manufacturing

Southwest Washington boasts a number of regional factors that are beneficial to the local economy. Among them are access to clean water, affordable power and a skilled workforce. These factors have continued to drive the local manufacturing industry in 2014 – an industry that was one of the first to convincingly move forward out of the recession.

“Advanced manufacturing aligns with both our Orego...

News Briefs

From the List: Janitorial Services

What are the largest janitorial service companies in Clark County? We ranked them by total number of employees. Figures are as of 3/14/14.

The top five are:

1. ABM Onsite Services formerly ABM Janitorial Services: 236 employees; serves Clark, Cowlitz & Skamania counties

2. Clean World Maintenance Inc: 114 employees; serves Clark, Cowlitz & Skamania counties

3. Innovative...

Spotlight

Audio Fox: A sound solution

Audio Fox: A sound solution

Like a lot of small businesses, Vancouver-based Sound Product Solutions started with a problem. Several years into retirement, Rex Clark was experiencing hearing loss – and he wasn’t the only one affected by that change.

“We had some disagreements, me and my wife, about where the volume should be on the TV,” said Rex. He remembered similar struggles between his own parents, but the best solution ...

Longview analytic lab opens in Salmon Creek

Vancouver-based Northwest Medical Analytic Laboratory has opened its first draw station in Vancouver at 14508 N.E. 20th Ave. in Vancouver, on the bottom floor of the University Plaza at Salmon Creek.

Vancouver-based Northwest Medical Analytic Laboratory has opened its first draw station in Vancouver at 14508 N.E. 20th Ave. in Vancouver, on the bottom floor of the University Plaza at Salmon Creek.

Northwest Medical Analytic Laboratory was formed in 2006 with two offices in Longview, and is a division of Lower Columbia Pathologists, which opened in Longview in 1954 and is owned by five local board-certified pathologists.

The network has several draw stations across the region – and the local ties are part of what has made it possible for the company to grow, said NMAL General Manager Kim Gilmore.

“When we look to expand our market, we look at the value we can bring from the patient care perspective,” she said. “A lot of our physicians have expanded down to Salmon Creek, and we felt like we had something to offer patients there.”

Because testing is done at the site or in Longview, 86 percent of the test results are to physicians in about two hours. Plus, most patients are able to be in and out of a draw site in 10 minutes, Gilmore said.

Some national labs may fly samples to Texas, California or to the Midwest for testing.

“One of the huge advantages we have is that if physicians have a question about a test they want to order or about results, they can speak to a pathologist directly, who can then talk to a lab technician within minutes,” she said. “That is not always the case.”

Lower Columbia Pathologists employs about 65 people company-wide, and there is one person currently staffing the new Salmon Creek draw station.

The laboratory has contracts with most insurance carriers in the region, bills them directly and accepts Medicare assignment. This creates less confusion and wasted time for physicians and their staff, Gilmore said.

In addition to serving area doctors, NMAL offers walk-in services without a referral for PSA, cholesterol, lead toxicity and blood glucose testing.

“One thing patients don’t always know is that you do have a choice of where you go,” Gilmore said. “You have a choice in your referring physician and where your lab work is sent.”

Megan Patrick can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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