Fresenius Medical Care’s Spectra Laboratories today announced that it has opened a new laboratory services facility in Southhaven, Miss.
The new 200,000 sq. ft laboratory will be the company’s largest laboratory footprint and will create more than 300 jobs in the region over the next several years.
“Our patients rely on timely and accurate lab results to manage kidney failure and guide our care teams in providing the highest quality dialysis services,” Fresenius Medical Care CEO Rice Powell said in a news release. “This new facility offers the perfect location to provide faster turnaround times for our lab services and a strong workforce of employees dedicated to our mission. We appreciate all the cooperation from state and local partners to ensure we could open on schedule this year.”
Spectra Laboratories offers renal-specific lab services, and its new Mississippi facility will conduct comprehensive testing, analysis and reporting for physicians and patients, according to the company.
“This new laboratory enables us to better accommodate long-term needs by introducing state-of-the-art automation capabilities while expanding our capacity in closer proximity to some of our higher-volume markets,” Ines Dahne-Steuber, president of Spectra Laboratories and senior VP of operational excellence at Fresenius Medical Care, said. “We expect that this location will put us in a tremendous position for future success and expand our ability to serve even more patients providing high-quality results.”
The Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) has been assisting Spectra Laboratories with workforce training and site improvements. The MDA is also supporting the project through its Advantage Jobs and Healthcare Industry Zone Incentive programs.
“Healthcare is a critical industry for Mississippi, and we are incredibly excited to welcome Spectra Laboratories to Southaven,” Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said. “The Spectra team has such an important mission of serving thousands of patients with kidney failure across the country. By choosing our state for this expansion, we are proving how a skilled workforce can adapt to evolving industry trends and attract new businesses.”