Lab Alliance’s new CEO brings extensive local experience

Rita Romano has recently become Laboratory Alliance of Central New York’s new CEO.

She serves as a liaison between the board of managers, medical directors and management of the independent clinical and anatomic pathology reference laboratory.

Rita Romano

Romano has a long history with Laboratory Alliance. She first joined the company in 2011 as manager of its rapid response laboratory at Upstate University Hospital at Community General. In 2013 she was appointed director of the operations center, Laboratory Alliance’s main laboratory. In this role she was responsible for the oversight and management of clinical and anatomic pathology laboratory services in accordance with the accreditation authorities, physicians’ orders, policies, procedures, established standards and administrative policies.

She returns to Laboratory Alliance after leading Quadrant Laboratories, LLC since March 2021, where she oversaw the establishment of 43 community-based testing sites for COVID-19 across New York state.

She has been dedicated to Central New York healthcare since beginning her career as a medical technologist at Community General Hospital in 1988. She held laboratory and management positions with St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, LabCorp, Northern Syracuse OB/GYN Associates and North Medical Laboratory Services.

Romano earned her Master of Arts in strategic leadership and her Bachelor of Science in medical laboratory technology from St. Bonaventure University. She is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a medical technologist. She is a graduate of the Ahern & Murphy Associates leadership course and Joel Ettinger Associates’ leadership development program.

She is serves as the president and board member and is an active member of the Clinical Laboratory Management Association Central New York chapter and an associate member of American Society of Clinical Pathologists.

Laboratory Alliance, established in 1998, provides all inpatient and outpatient clinical and anatomic pathology testing for Crouse Hospital and St. Joseph’s Health and for regional hospitals, long-term care facilities and healthcare practices in a 16-county region in Central New York. The company performs more than 10 million tests per year through its 11 patient centers and three laboratory locations.