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Top tech trends for 2015

Top tech trends for 2015

Remember when a cloud was just a puff of white or gray in the sky? A file was ma...

Port commissioners approve Northwest Packing Co. lease extension

Port commissioners approve Northwest Packing Co. lease extension

Fruit processor Northwest Packing Co. will continue to call Southwest Washington...

Trust reveals plan for Academy renovations

Trust reveals plan for Academy renovations

Although officially it won’t be a done deal until late January when escrow close...

New laws affecting business in 2015

New laws affecting business in 2015

With a new year come new rules and regulations. However, most of the pressing ch...

2015: A critical year for future of the Port of Vancouver

2015: A critical year for future of the Port of Vancouver

The upcoming year holds several major projects for the port of Vancouver. Ten ye...

Best in Business 2014

Best in Business 2014

Here are the winners of the Vancouver Business Journal’s 2014 Best in Business A...

Technology & Electronic Solutions

Top tech trends for 2015

Top tech trends for 2015

Remember when a cloud was just a puff of white or gray in the sky? A file was made of paper? Security required a locking cabinet and a key? It’s hard to overemphasize just how much modern workplaces have been transformed by technology over the past three decades. Today, clouds are a trendy online tool, security requires complex rules and the systems that companies use to generate new leads are und...

Accounting & Finance

What businesses can expect this tax season

What businesses can expect this tax season

The tax man cometh – and just exactly what that means this year depends on your business. For some, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will bring significant ramifications. For others, capitalization and repair rules are going to be a major concern. For businesses and CPAs alike, IRS response times could cause problems. In the following paragraphs, local CPAs share their expertise with VBJ readers to h...

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Heritage Bank: Banking on growth in SW Washington

Heritage Bank: Banking on growth in SW Washington

One-year after opening a new branch in East Vancouver, Olympia-based Heritage Bank is looking to continue to expand in Clark County, riding positive economic trends.

Heritage entered the Southwest Washington marketplace in September of 2010 via their acquisition of then-struggling Longview-based Cowlitz Bank (also known as Bay Bank). And after more than four years in Vancouver, starting at the ci...

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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