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Barwis on Bristol

Standing by Those Impacted by Social Injustice

The tragic death of an unarmed African American man in Minneapolis and the subsequent protests that have taken place, have clearly shaken our nation. These events have ignited justified frustration in cities and towns across the country and have highlighted continuous issues of racial injustice.
 
Those who participate in the marches are voicing their frustration and pain in hopes of starting a dialogue on a needed systematic change. The recent death of George Floyd, as well as the killings of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and countless others, are grim reminders of inequities that exist within our nation. Raising our voices to speak out against injustice is not only an essential part of our democracy - it is our responsibility as citizens of this great country.

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Proud to Now Offer Faster COVID-19 Test Results

I am thrilled to announce that the residents of Greater Bristol now have access to faster COVID-19 test results as a result of the Bristol Health Laboratory adding the ARIES System to its molecular testing arsenal.
 
The ARIES System—which is manufactured by Luminex Corp.—includes three analyzers which are able to provide COVID-19 results within three to eight hours after the specimen is loaded for testing. The ARIES System went live in the Bristol Health Lab on Monday, April 27. This is one of the most valuable additions to our lab and will have an immediate positive impact with its real-time reporting capabilities. The ARIES System allows us to control every aspect of the sample-to-answer testing process.
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Coronavirus Hits Home

I want to let you know that on Monday night I tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. 
 
After experiencing some normal cold symptoms on Friday evening and throughout the weekend, I called Dr.  Lim, reviewed my conditions with him and determined that I need to be tested before returning to work.  Early Monday morning I had a test completed by the extraordinary team at our specimen collection station. I have not been in the hospital since and will be on quarantine at home for at least 14 days. I must then test negative twice before I can return to work.  

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More from Kurt A. Barwis

Jun 08, 2020

Standing by Those Impacted by Social Injustice

The tragic death of an unarmed African American man in Minneapolis and the subsequent protests that have taken place, have clearly shaken our nation. These events have ignited justified frustration in cities and towns across the country and have highlighted continuous issues of racial injustice.

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May 22, 2020

Celebrate Memorial Day in Our Hearts and Souls

Although celebrations for Memorial Day will be limited, as we social distance in our backyards with family, their collective memory is ever present in our hearts and souls.

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May 04, 2020

Proud to Offer Faster COVID-19 Results

I am thrilled to announce that the residents of Greater Bristol now have access to faster COVID-19 test results as a result of the Bristol Health Laboratory adding the ARIES System to its molecular testing arsenal.

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Mar 31, 2020

Coronavirus Hits Home

Barwis on Bristol: A March 31, 2020 update from CEO & President Kurt A. Barwis on the coronavirus.

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Mar 30, 2020

Thank You Doctors

During this COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important for all of us to step back for a moment and recognize special days like National Doctors’ Day which is on March 30. Doctors’ Day recognizes physicians from all over the world for the work they do for their patients and communities. It is their passion of caring for others that we recognize on this day.

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Mar 20, 2020

Latest Updates Concerning the Coronavirus

With the ongoing concern pertaining to the coronavirus, I want to remind everyone that this, once again, is a time for collaboration and kindness. Bristol Health continues to do the utmost to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff and community during this public health crisis. Thank you to all our patients and families for their continued support and understanding during this time.

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Mar 13, 2020

Letter to the Community Regarding the Coronavirus

In the spirit of our mission, Caring Today for Your Tomorrow, we want to assure you that Bristol Health is doing the utmost to protect the health and safety of our patients, staff and community during this coronavirus public health crisis.

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