Dr. Hassan Namdari, medical director and chief executive officer of Clin-Micro Immunology Center (CMIC), came to northeast Pennsylvania to fill a need. Now, more than 20 years later, he is trying to fill another one.
Namdari was asked to come to the area by Dr. Jim O’Connor, founder of now-defunct Clinical Laboratories, because he felt there was a need for a microbiologist on staff for analysis of specialized medical testing. When Clinical Laboratories was sold to nationally-based LabCorp in 2003, Namdari saw a steady decline in services.
“The services weren’t as good because LabCorp took the services and sent them away for analysis,” Namdari said. “All the hospitals were dependent on the specialized services we had been providing for them. When LabCorp took over, they sent things far away and the quality of the services dropped. Very immediately after LabCorp took over, hospitals began complaining about the services they were getting.”
Through those complaints, CMIC was born. Namdari began to offer the same specialized services that were originally offered by Clinical Laboratories before it was sold to LabCorp. Seeing the hospitals’ satisfaction, Namdari recently decided to expand CMIC’s services to offer routine blood testing.
CMIC is based in the Abington Executive Park in Clarks Summit and also has testing locations in Scranton, Dickson City and Avoca. All tests are analyzed at the Clarks Summit
“We are the only lab in the area that offers specialized services as the other local labs ship specimens out of state,” Namdari said. “Shipping the specimens out of state gives a high margin of error when there’s a diagnosis.”
Namdari also explained that there are internal issues that can happen during the blood sample collection process, that are easily solved when the analysis is performed locally.
“If the blood is not collected properly or the blood clots and you need serum or plasma, you need to get another specimen,” Namdari said. “Here, if we need a new specimen, we can rectify the situation quickly. In those cases, it goes out of state and by the time they realize what is wrong, it will be a lot of time wasted and time is precious in the medical field.”
“Medical decisions are made based on results that are generated in the lab,” Namdari continued. “Physicians treat the patient based on values that are coming out of the laboratory. If those values aren’t proper, that would affect the treatment aspect of the patient.”
Namdari illustrated his point by giving the example of a patient with diabetes, whose insulin dosage is based on his or her blood sugar levels.
“When you have a true representation of your blood condition, you can get better treatment, more timely treatment and more effective treatment,” he said. “That’s what makes a big difference if you send your specimen to us versus to a far away lab.”
For more information on CMIC, visit clinmicro.com or call 570-702-8155.