Apply to be a participant in our Healthy Me! Program
Do you wish you could lose that 25 pounds of extra weight you’ve been carrying around for the last few years, but nothing seems to work? Do you know you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol, but you just can’t seem to figure out how to lower it? Most people would like to become healthier, but they just don’t seem to know what to do to make it happen.
The Medical Foundation wants you to be healthy in 2014 and we’re asking members of the community to submit your personal stories and struggles with becoming healthier. In 500 words or less, along with your name, address, phone number, age and current health status, tell us your story and email it to email@example.com before March 21st at 5pm. Submissions may also be sent to The Medical Foundation c/o Colleen Hahn, 530 North Lafayette Blvd, South Bend, IN 46601. We’ll choose six participants who will receive all the tools necessary to become healthier.
Automated Lab relies on robotics
In 1997, The Medical Foundation was the first laboratory in the United States to install the Clinical Laboratory Automation Systems (CLAS) robotics system enabling the process of automating specimen testing. It was a process, according to the Director of General Laboratory Operations, Brett Colter, that allowed the Foundation to centralize a large portion of testing which made it more efficient, eliminated redundant equipment, and lowered labor costs.
The robotics system, which was upgraded to the Roche Modular Pre-Analytic (MPA) in 2008, is the current system that is used to process approximately 2,500 to 3,000 specimens daily.
“This system takes up about 25% of the space the old system used to take. It has a lot more logic function that can handle more algorithms for handing specimens. It also has a higher capacity and is much faster,” said Colter.
February In Review
As February comes to a close, The Medical Foundation looks back on a month filled with education about being heart healthy, observing World Cancer Day, gout, the importance of Vitamin D and we introduced you to the staff and patient service center at University Commons.
While observing World Cancer Day on February 4th, we relayed the message of “Debunking the Myths of Cancer,” which were introduced by the International Union Against Cancer. Their advice reminded us that although cancer is a difficult topic to discuss, dealing with the disease opening and honestly is important for both the patient and their family and friends.