PLS Company Overview: The Solution for SNFs

PLS Company Overview: The Solution for SNFs

Christopher Cochrane, Project Manager of Premier Lab Solutions (PLS) had the opportunity to be interviewed by INtouch Senior Services team Kerry Halcomb and Ligia Naik for the 4th Annual NFSMPHX Expo for Senior Living event. In their discussion, they chat about how Premier Lab Solutions is one of the fastest-growing local mobile laboratories as well as many of the new services being rolled out in the coming months.

Who We Are and What We Do
Premier Lab Solutions is one of the fastest growing, privately held, woman-owned regional businesses headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona with over 400 employees serving the public, government entities, education districts, skilled nursing, assisted living, and memory care facilities.

Mobile Services
What sets Premier Lab Solutions apart from other labs is a white glove touch, all-in-one lab experience. From scheduling with customer support to collection, transport, processing, and finally, resulting, PLS offers the handling of the entire sequence. Mobile lab services such as Mobile Phlebotomy have been a boon to the healthcare industry, filling in the gaps during the nursing shortage.

COVID Testing
Full Respiratory testing provides full-service COVID services that is readily available with fast turnaround times. Detection of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus is available via Molecular PCR Swab, At-Home Saliva collection for Molecular PCR and with our High Efficiency Antigen Testing. All tests are effective for symptomatic and asymptomatic patients.

New Services: Pharmacy
Soon Premier Lab Solutions will be rolling out a Pharmacy division of the company. Premier Pharmacy Solutions will offer door-to-door prescription delivery, as well as automated compliance packaging machines, new storage systems, and new automated medication lockers.

New Services: Wound
Premier Wound Solutions is an independent wound care program specializing in advanced wound treatment. Utilization of this service results in improved healing times, reductions in hospitalizations, and overall improved outcomes for patients while reducing care costs to facilities.

New Services: Mobile Phlebotomy
The Premier Lab Solutions Mobile Phlebotomy team is available to travel to facilities as well as directly to patients’ homes. This service encompasses full-service treatment and provides all necessary labor, materials, supplies, and equipment for specimen collection. Everything is done in-house, ensuring security, reliability, and efficiency.

HIPAA Protection Efficiency
Premier Lab Solutions keeps collections and testing processes in-house, which results in an efficient, streamlined, secure process. No chain of custody, no worry of losing samples, and no outside parties adding more variables means better privacy and security of patient and administrator data.

One Team, One Goal
After seeing complex use of third-party services and tedious processes, the owners sought to create an all-in-one business model that alleviates the burden for administrators and facilities, freeing them up to focus on what they do best – patient care.

To learn more about what Premier Lab Solutions can do for you, contact us. Laboratory experts are standing by ready to assist.

Your Solution To The Nursing Shortage

Your Solution To The Nursing Shortage

The United States is facing a serious nursing shortage which is having a cascading effect on the world of medicine, causing a nationwide crisis for many healthcare facilities. This serious issue is only expected to increase as the ripples spread outward and create more peripheral problems.

Why is there a nursing shortage?                                 

Staff Turnover: Due to the pandemic and its stressful working environment, many healthcare workers have left the profession entirely. As a result, the remaining nurses are left to pick up the slack by taking on additional patients, often in ratios of 1:14. With so many top-tier nurses having left the field, new workers are not replacing those that left quickly enough, nor do they have the level of experience their predecessors had. Many new hires have less than two years experience in the industry, even in emergency room settings.

Workplace Competition: As a result of staff turnover in healthcare facilities, the workforce shrinks and makes facilities compete for the best talent. Many nurses have left the hospital setting to pursue more lucrative jobs as Travel Nurses for corporate wellness companies, doing on-site health screening and vaccine clinics. Travel Nurse pay and benefits are very appealing to many nurses, eclipsing the pay and benefits of resident nurses.

Retirement: Also crushed under the weight of the pandemic, many nurses took the opportunity to retire. The median age of nurses is 52 years old, meaning within the next decade, many of them will retire, leaving even more vacancies in the nursing shortage.

All of this culminates in a problem where more nurses are leaving the profession than are entering. This means that supply and demand are trending in opposite directions, with no sign of slowing down or reversing.

The good news is that a local laboratory is rising to the challenge and creating opportunities to fill in the gaps by adopting procedures to reduce burden and cost on facilities and make ease of comfort for patients that require service.

Premier Lab Solutions (PLS) is a local laboratory ready to reduce the burden and cost for skilled nursing, assisted living, and other in-need facilities. PLS has a mobile phlebotomy team able to conduct on-site blood draws 24/7. In current facilities, PLS has assisted with administrative and nursing obligations giving more time back to DONs and other staff members. Contact us to learn more. Our lab experts are standing by ready to assist.