CommonSpirit Health, announces opening of its Reference Lab, which will more than triple current COVID-19 testing

September 18, 2020

Chicago-based health system CommonSpirit, announced on September 8, 2020 the opening of its Reference Lab, which will triple their current COVID-19 capacity for the nonprofit’s 137 hospitals and 1000+ care sites. This will increase the country’s COVID-19 testing capacity by up to 70,000 tests per week. Read full release here!


Listen to a recent podcast and article with Connie Wilkins, System Lab Director at CHI Health in Nebraska, who was a critical part of the new Reference Lab  at CommonSpirit.

Podcast

The hospital lab has a spotlight on it for the first time . . . ever. At the center of COVID-19 testing during the first pandemic in 100 years, the hospital lab is being stretched to deliver unprecedented service, turn-around times and results. HPI sits down with Connie Wilkins, System Lab Director at CHI Health in Nebraska, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 on the hospital lab she leads and the next steps in preparing for both crisis and recovery from her perspective.

Feature Article

Healthcare Performance Insider interviewed Connie Wilkins, CHI Nebraska’s Laboratory Director, about her time managing a clinical lab during the COVID-19 pandemic.