Kaiser Permanente’s new COVID-19 test lab is opening in June — ahead of schedule and under budget. Lab scientists will help diagnose and track the virus that has changed life around the world. See comments and a slide show below of just a few who rallied to battle a public health emergency.
“I think everyone feels a sense of pride in the fact that you are going to see this lab contribute to the health of Kaiser Permanente members over the next few years and to help them get through the trying time we are all living through right now.” — Matt Davis, construction manager, Regional Capital Projects and Facilities Construction
“I’ve been in this business 31 years, and I always felt we contribute, but this pandemic put a spotlight on all that we do. It’s been an awesome experience to help design a lab the way that it should be designed.” — LaRonda Frazier, microbiology technical director for Kaiser Permanente Northern California
“It’s very exciting. As an infectious disease doctor, it’s something we always prepare for but hope to never face. We are all very proud to contribute to this effort to get this lab designed and built. A medical laboratory usually operates in silence, but now that the spotlight is on us, everyone can see that we are doing an incredible job.” — Jeff Schapiro, MD, associate medical director of Kaiser Permanente Regional Laboratories and medical director of medical microbiology
“In my 25 years of being in construction, this project stands out by far as the most satisfying achievement. A lot of the things we do are behind the scenes, but it’s a nice feeling at the end of the day knowing you and your team had a part of it.” — Scott Tibbetts, executive director of Kaiser Permanente Northern California Service Delivery.