Alberta Public Labs is a wholly-owned subsidiary of AHS and will support patients receiving care in the community and through AHS programs and facilities. Work is underway to integrate all laboratory services and is scheduled for completion in 2022.
Diagnostic laboratory results inform the majority of patient care decisions. They are also a critical factor in decisions made every day for patients. An integrated, provincial lab service means Alberta patients and their health care teams will have more seamless and quicker access to test results.
Alberta Public Labs will follow best practice integrated models, such as the Mayo Clinic and Mayo Medical Laboratories, both of which are consulting with AHS on its new lab system.
The establishment of one provincial laboratory organization follows recommendations made by the Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) in its 2016 review of lab services to improve the provincial healthcare system.
Craig Ivany has been appointed Alberta Public Labs CEO and will begin in September.
Ivany’s career in healthcare spans more than 30 years. Since 2013, he has served as CEO of Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association, where he has been involved in systems integration at the local, regional and national level, leading service delivery transformation and performance improvement in both the public and private sector.