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Challenges & successes in local lending

Challenges & successes in local lending

Reaching the two-year mark is a milestone for small businesses. Not only can own...

Corner Bakery Café franchise to open locations in Portland & Vancouver

Corner Bakery Café franchise to open locations in Portland & Vancouver

Corner Bakery Café, a national chain of cafés specializing in pastries, breads, ...

More businesses helped by WSU Vancouver program

More businesses helped by WSU Vancouver program

Since 2011, more than 100 small businesses in the Vancouver area have received c...

Workforce Development: A return to personnel investment

Workforce Development: A return to personnel investment

It is a common reaction to economic downturn: companies understandably tighten t...

Aerospace grant to fuel expansion of Clark College

Aerospace grant to fuel expansion of Clark College

Clark College is growing its presence in the Columbia River Gorge thanks to a st...

Local alliance ready to shape state health care reforms

Local alliance ready to shape state health care reforms

Backed by local industry leaders, members of the Southwest Washington Regional H...

Law

Women shaping Clark County’s law industry

Women shaping Clark County’s law industry

In an industry that has been historically male-dominated, Clark County has seen considerable growth in the number of women succeeding in law. After speaking with a few of these ladies, the general consensus seems to be that Clark County is a receptive, tolerant and supportive community to practice law as a female. Great strides have been made in mindsets over the years, and while more work remains...

Banking & Money Management

Challenges & successes in local lending

Challenges & successes in local lending

Reaching the two-year mark is a milestone for small businesses. Not only can owners celebrate the survival of their life’s work, but doors to one of the most vital resources – capital – also begin to open up.

G6 Airpark in Vancouver recently reached this milestone. The local business is a trampoline park, a place where children and adults alike can play on wall-to-wall trampolines. But for owner ...

News Briefs

DiscoverOrg expands service to include European Union contacts

DiscoverOrg, a Vancouver-based provider of IT sales leads intelligence, announced this week that it has expanded its database of intelligence to include European Union contacts and organizations.

Spotlight

Columbia Precast Products: Paving the way to growth

Columbia Precast Products: Paving the way to growth

With a combined 140 years of experience in the precast industry among its management and production team, a local concrete startup is paving the way to becoming a Pacific Northwest powerhouse.

Ron Sparks launched Columbia Precast Products in March of 2013 and it has been growing ever since. Amidst ownership changes at one of the biggest precast companies in the United States, Hanson Pipe and Prec...

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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The Shareholders’ Agreement – a critical piece of the puzzle

The Shareholders’ Agreement – a critical piece of the puzzle

Many businesses have multiple owners. While most businesses spend a lot of time planning structural and operational aspe...

Evolving business of marijuana under Initiative 502

Evolving business of marijuana under Initiative 502

Well, it’s finally happened, albeit a little later than anticipated when Initiative 502 was initially passed in November...

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