Memphis-Based Poplar Healthcare Processing COVID-19 Tests

Poplar Healthcare, a leading anatomic and molecular pathology laboratory headquartered in Memphis, TN, announced today that it is now processing COVID-19 tests in its 113,000-square-foot, high-complexity CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory in Memphis, Tennessee.

Poplar Healthcare, a leading anatomic and molecular pathology laboratory headquartered in Memphis, TN, announced today that it is now processing COVID-19 tests in its 113,000-square-foot, high-complexity CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited laboratory in Memphis, Tennessee. Testing is performed on the cobas® SARS-CoV-2 Test via the cobas 6800 System which received Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on March 13, 2020. In addition, Poplar Healthcare is performing testing on the Roche cobas z480 analyzer and has submitted for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the FDA.

“As coronavirus spreads across the nation at an alarming rate, Poplar Healthcare is well situated to help control the outbreak by providing patients and providers access to COVID-19 testing,” stated Poplar Healthcare Medical Director, Shawn Kinsey, MD. “Our proximity to FedEx allows our laboratory to not only service the city of Memphis and surrounding communities, but anywhere FedEx flies. We are routinely providing results in 24 to 48 hours from receipt of the specimen.”

Poplar Healthcare’s Vice President of Genomic Operations and Development, Anami Patel, PhD, commented, “Providing testing on different platforms allows the laboratory flexibility to adapt to challenges in the supply chain and provides additional capacity to serve patients and healthcare workers who need the testing the most.”

Poplar Healthcare is one of the largest physician-owned pathology group practices in the United States, offering a wide variety of DNA- and RNA-based molecular tests. It receives thousands of samples each day and is supported by a team of over 25 board-certified and fellowship-trained pathologists.

Healthcare providers and institutions interested in obtaining access to the test can contact Poplar Healthcare at 901-526-1912 or email [email protected]

About Poplar Healthcare 
Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Poplar Healthcare is a leading laboratory services company. Through its GI Pathology, Bostwick Laboratories, D-PATH, OncoMetrix and Women’s Health Laboratories brands, Poplar Healthcare provides specialized laboratory testing services to a nationwide client base of gastroenterologists, dermatologists, oncologists, urologists, gynecologists and their patients.

For more information, visit poplarhealthcare.com or micropathid.info.

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We are routinely providing results in 24 to 48 hours from receipt of the specimen.