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Stan Schofield

NorDx (Northern Diagnostic Laboratories), Scarborough, Me, the largest reference laboratory in the state of Maine and a member of MaineHealth, is the nation’s first clinical laboratory to acquire the new state-of-the-art XN-Series Automated Hematology Analyzers from Sysmex America Inc, Lincolnshire, Ill.

Stan Schofield, president, NorDx, senior vice president, MaineHealth, says the Sysmex XN-3000™ configuration enables enhanced diagnostic capabilities and greater efficiency, which transforms NorDx into a formidable ‘accountable care’ laboratory model and shepherds in a new era of performance standards for quality care in New England.

NorDx, accredited by the College of American Pathologists, offers a full range of lab services to multiple hospital sites, physician practices, and long-term care facilities in the tristate region of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. 

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The Sysmex XN-3000 features a menu of advanced clinical parameters that allows NorDx and MaineHealth to conduct cellular studies that enable the quantitative assessments of red cell, white cell, and 
platelet precursors, guiding diagnosis and treatment by the physician. These advanced clinical parameters include NRBCs with every CBC, immature granulocytes with every Diff, RET-He within the reticulocyte profile, and an all-new fluorescent platelet channel for IPF to aid the physician in the differential diagnosis of thrombocytopenia. 

“As a member of one of the nation’s top 100 integrated delivery networks, we understand that our clinical excellence starts with the core technology and clinical utility of our laboratory’s instrumentation and ends with diagnosis, treatment, and improved quality of life for the patient,” Schofield says. “The Sysmex XN-Series Hematology Analyzer is a powerful new platform and strategic laboratory solution that is at the pinnacle of innovation and it sets an entirely new standard for testing sophistication and capacity.” 

Schofield says NorDx and MaineHealth made the investment in these instruments to also help address cost and labor pressures, including the projected shortage of medical technologists, increasing workload demands, and the testing complexity of an aging population. The analyzer’s smaller footprint optimizes efficiency of workflow, staffing, and space. Smaller reagent sizes and concentrated reagents simplify consumable inventory management. The system offers scalability and standardization across the enterprise to match the hospital’s current workflow, clinical parameters, and informatics needs with builtin flexibility to adapt to new and changing environments.

Maine Medical Center also acquired the Sysmex XN-3000 Automated Hematology Analyzer.

[Source: Sysmex America Inc]