The lab will be located north of 65 Avenue and west of 113 Street.
Some pathologists and researchers had called for the lab to be built close to the U of A hospital complex, but health leaders eventually decided that wasn’t a feasible option. Michael Mengel, AHS’s clinical department head of laboratory services for the Edmonton zone, said the new facility will be the drop-off point for millions of samples brought in from community collection sites all around Edmonton and northern Alberta.
A parcel of provincial land near the University of Alberta’s south campus has been chosen as the site for a massive, high-tech medical testing lab scheduled to open in 2022, the provincial government announced Thursday.
Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said the facility will become the new central hub for processing more than 80 per cent of the medical tests in the Edmonton region, while also serving as a training and research centre for innovations in diagnostics.“Improvements in how these tests will be processed will increase efficiency and speed, which leads to better health outcomes,” Hoffman told a news conference at University of Alberta Hospital.
Calgary Laboratory Services is currently operated under such a model.