LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The current demand for both diagnostic and antibody testing for COVID-19 is resulting in frustration for many as they wait to have tests performed or wait days for their results. Pearl Medical, in Louisville, will soon solve that problem with availability for testing with results in 24 hours.
With COVID-19 presenting a challenge in many settings, including residential medical facilities such as nursing homes, and with employers looking for a medical partner for testing, Pearl will be equipped to be that partner. With state of the art technology and a dedicated staff, Kentucky health care facilities, businesses and the general public will have a new, reliable and quick option for COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing. They will begin antibody testing July 13 and the diagnostic test will be available starting Aug. 27.
Dr. Lewis Jackson, head of Pearl’s lab, said, “This is an exciting opportunity for all of us at Pearl to be part of the COVID-19 testing solution in our state and community. I’m proud (founder Dr. Osawaru) Omoruyi stepped up to address the need for fast and reliable testing and I’m thrilled to play my part. ”
With the expansion of lab services comes new, well-paying jobs. Scientists, lab assistants and clerical staff will be hired for each shift as the volume of testing increases. With Kentucky leading the nation in unemployment, the creation of new jobs is important to the economic development in this region.
“Pearl has grown over the last six and a half years to a thriving, independent medical practice that is nimble and responsive to the evolving needs in our community and state. Being able to create new jobs is just another way we get to help our community,” said Chip Connor, Pearl’s chief operating officer.
Pearl Medical was founded by Omoruyi (pronounced oh-mar-ee). Originally from Nigeria, Omoruyi immigrated to this country with his family where he practiced medicine and eventually opened his own independent medical practice and lab. In addition, Omoruyi is the medical director at six skilled nursing facilities and a hospitalist currently working in the COVID-19 unit at UofL Health-Mary & Elizabeth Hospital.
Omoruyi is living the American dream. Moving to the United States in 2004, his goal was to have his own medical practice to serve folks in his community. In 2013 he opened the first Pearl Medical office. Today he has two additional office locations and a lab that can perform testing for immunoassays, respiratory illnesses, toxicology, infectious diseases and microbial species. Omoruyi’s newest endeavor is the expansion of his lab to include COVID-19 diagnostic and antibody testing capabilities with results in just 24 hours.