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St. Joseph Health Receives Grant to Increase Laboratory Services and Capacity

Wed., November 17, 2020, Bryan, Texas – St. Joseph Health recently received a grant from the Texas
Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to support increased COVID-19 testing for our community.
The $8.6 million grant allows St. Joseph Health to hire additional laboratory staff and purchase
equipment specifically for COVID-19 and flu testing. This new equipment is currently the most accurate
test method available for COVID-19.

“We’re thankful to continue to be in a position to support our community during this pandemic and are
grateful for the many community partnerships that allow us to do that. This project in particular was
made possible through the collaboration of our partnerships with Texas A&M Health Science Center and
the Texas Department of State Health Services,” said Theron Park, President and CEO of St. Joseph
Health. “Through community relationships and innovative thinking such as this project, we are even
more prepared to care for those in our community as we move into the winter months and flu season.”

This equipment allows St. Joseph Health to increase daily testing capacity to up to 3,000 tests per day,
should the need in our community arise. With this potential increase in testing, St. Joseph Health is also
looking to hire up to 30 medical technologists and non-technical staff to support the efforts to serve the
COVID-19 testing needs of our area.

Medical Technologists perform COVID-19 testing, as well as other laboratory tests in a clinical setting.
Non-technical staff accession samples into our electronic medical records system, sort samples, and
prepare samples for testing. Interested applicants are asked to visit https://careerscommonspirit.
icims.com/jobs/ to learn more.

This new equipment also allows the St. Joseph Health laboratory services team to respond with test
results much more quickly – in 24 to 48 hours – rather than the 3 – 5 days it has taken in the past.
St. Joseph Health continues to look for opportunities to support residents of the Brazos Valley during the
COVID-19 pandemic and the approaching flu season. This is new equipment and additional staff are
huge investment that CHI St. Joseph Health is making towards that effort.


About St. Joseph Health
St. Joseph Health is comprised of five hospitals, two long term care facilities and multiple clinics across
the Brazos Valley, including Regional Hospital in Bryan-College Station and St. Joseph Health – College
Station Hospital (formerly College Station Medical Center). St. Joseph Health is home to a Level II Major
Trauma Center, the highest in the region. St. Joseph Health is an academic and clinical partner of Texas
A&M Health Science Center. Together, the St. Joseph and Texas A&M Health Network includes over 100
employed primary care physicians, specialists and advanced practice clinicians. As an active member of
the Brazos Valley, St. Joseph Health is a leader in providing compassionate care and are committed to
overall health of the community. We are part of CommonSpirit Health, the largest Catholic healthcare
system in the United States, and is committed to advancing the health of all people and dedicated to
serving the common good. Learn more about St. Joseph Health at CHIStJoseph.org.
[For more information, please contact Communications Manager Tracy Bates at 713-962-9347 or
[email protected].]

Publish Date: 
Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 12:30