Diversified Medical Healthcare (DMH) announced that Senator Tim Scott’s staff visited their headquarters, touring the Greenville, South Carolina facility which houses four health care companies making a national impact. Premier Medical Laboratory Services (PMLS), CPT Medical, OnGen and Vessel Medical serve as a large-scale molecular diagnostics lab, clinical test kit manufacturer, surgical kit manufacturer, medical data management software firm, laboratory equipment supplier, and PPE kit supplier.
Just one year ago, Diversified Medical Healthcare’s laboratory, PMLS, became the first lab validated for COVID-19 testing alongside their other advanced clinical diagnostics offerings. Providing an inside look at their 40,000-square-foot facility for the Senator’s staff, DMH founder Kevin Murdock introduced them to the company’s research and development team of scientists and over 450 employees. The tour also showcased the automation equipment which has allowed one of the highest laboratory testing capacities in the nation.
“From leading research and innovation to generously donating PPE for our front-line workers, Diversified Medical Healthcare has been a valuable partner for South Carolina as we’ve worked to get through the pandemic,” Sen. Scott said. “Their efforts highlight the lifesaving impact of American innovation, and I am proud of the work they have done.”
The senator’s staff toured the laboratory where over 1,000,000 COVID-19 tests were processed during the last year and data has been managed by their own laboratory information management software. They viewed CPT Medical where over 6,000,000 COVID-19 testing kits and viral transport media have been manufactured and saw the Vessel Medical facility where hundreds of thousands of customized PPE supply kits were assembled and distributed.
In the laboratory, scientist Vidhya Narayanan spoke with them about a large-scale genomic sequencing that Premier Medical Laboratory Services is conducting for the surveillance of new variants of the SARS CoV-2 virus. As the only laboratory in the U.S. fully automated for next generation sequencing, PMLS expects to sequence up to 84,000 specimens per week. This will be a critical contribution in preventing a future surge of new COVID-19 variants.
“It was a high honor to have Senator Tim Scott’s team here and to show them all that we’re doing right here in South Carolina to improve healthcare across the U.S.,” Murdock said. “The Senator has done much to improve health care and create jobs, and those are two of the driving forces behind what we do here as well.”
Over the past year, Diversified Medical Healthcare companies have also
- • Reached one of the highest testing capacities in the nation with the capability to process over 300,000 tests per day.
• Developed medical data management software that communicates directly from laboratory equipment for faster delivery of data to healthcare providers and patients.
• Developed Virtual Lab, an innovative solution to laboratory infrastructure limitations which allows other labs to utilize PMLS’ testing capacity, 450 employees including a research and development team of scientists and top of the line lab equipment.
• Developed Lab in a Box, turnkey lab equipment for other labs, hospital systems, and large organizations that comes with everything needed for professional laboratory level diagnostics for COVID-19, Flu A and B, upper respiratory, STD/UTI, cancer risk screening, pharmacogenomics, and antibiotic resistance testing.
• Shifted production to add in-house manufacturing of COVID-19 testing kits.
• Achieved the capacity to produce 60,000 COVID-19 testing kits per day.
• Become the official COVID-19 testing lab for the United Soccer League (USL) and Division I/Division II teams in seven collegiate conferences as well as large schools and business organizations across the U.S.
• Become the processing lab for Human Health Services surge sites and state health departments in South Carolina, Arizona, Utah, and North Carolina.
• Become the Blue Cross Blue Shield preferred COVID-19 testing lab in Texas, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
• Donated hundreds of thousands of masks to local law enforcement, paramedics, fire departments, hospitals, and the Shriners organization and has provided free testing to first responders during the pandemic.