Posted: 9:49 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013
By Chelsey Levingston
CompuNet Clinical Laboratories by the numbers
2,000 different types of tests including cholesterol, glucose and cancer diagnostics
650 employees, full- and part-time
4 million tests completed in 2012
7 rapid response labs within cancer practices
27 patient service centers
15 county service area
1 million miles driven a year by couriers to collect specimens tested at Moraine lab
Founded in 1986
Wanted: skilled laboratory workers
One of the challenges facing the medical laboratory industry is having enough skilled workers to do the jobs, said Kate Langevin, chief executive officer of CompuNet Clinical Laboratories of Moraine.
The industry is anticipating shortages in skilled workers, Langevin said.
“There are fewer what we call clinical lab science programs..and most of the people in the field now are approaching retirement or many of them are approaching retirement. There’s fewer programs and there’s fewer enrollees,” she said. The demand for medical testing is growing and “you have to be able to staff.”
Wright State University offers a four-year clinical laboratory science and certificate program. It takes Wright State students and graduate students from other colleges and universities. Fourteen students are accepted a year, although local hospital networks have indicated to Wright State hiring needs to be double that, said Program Director Cheryl Conley.
“The baby boomers have been clinical lab scientists for a number of years and there will be a max exodus when the baby boomers start retiring,” Conley said.
Clinical lab scientists in the Dayton area average about 57-years-old, she said. Education programs have closed over the years. But the demand for medical testing has risen with “significant” technological changes in the field, she said.
Job opportunities exist in laboratory science at doctor offices, research, technical sales, hospitals and reference laboratories.
“Our students basically have jobs when they get out,” Conley said.