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Oswego County COVID-19 Fund Supports Purchase of Additional Testing Capabilities at Oswego Health

Foundation news | Monday, July 6, 2020

Contact: Jamie Leszczynski

The Oswego County COVID-19 Fund, an affiliate fund of the Central New York Community Foundation, recently awarded Oswego Health with a grant in the amount of $15,000 to purchase a Rheonix Encompass MDx workstation which will enable the health system to complete in-house COVID-19 diagnostic testing to further support the community.

Support for this grant has been provided by the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, the United Way of Greater Oswego County and the Oswego County Community Foundation.

“Prior to the Rheonix machine we had no inhouse capabilities for testing as we had to collect samples and then wait on other labs to run them for us,” stated Duane Tull, MD, Chief Medical Officer for Oswego Health. “Thanks to this grant through the Oswego County COVID-19 Fund, we will have the ability to run multiple samples at a time on site, while decreasing the result timeframe from days to hours.”

Pictured in the photo is Jill Gilbert from Oswego Health who played an integral role in validation and setup of the Rheonix machine.