About Us

The Eastern Ontario Regional Laboratory Association (EORLA) is a member-owned, non-profit organization encompassing the operation of 19 licensed, acute-care, hospital-based clinical laboratories that service clinical programs across the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (CLHIN) of Eastern Ontario A leading, innovative model of integrated laboratory practices in the province, the purpose of EORLA is to deliver patient-focused, consistent, high-quality and cost-effective hospital-based laboratory services to meet the needs of the region’s patients.

EORLA laboratories provide diagnostic testing to both hospital inpatients and registered outpatients, performing a total of approximately 12 million tests annually.  Comprehensive testing in the disciplines of Anatomic Pathology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Transfusion Medicine, Hematopathology, and Microbiology/Virology is performed.

Incorporated in 2003, EORLA is currently in a period of transformation which will result in the creation of one integrated hospital laboratory organization as of April 2012.

For laboratory clients, the successful adoption of the EORLA integration will result in enhanced quality care through standardization and improved portability of lab results.  For laboratory employees, the transition to a single employer model will provide greater opportunities through a focus on staff retention, career mobility opportunities and strong professional development.

All EORLA laboratories are accredited by Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA) and The Ottawa Hospital Tissue Typing Laboratory is accredited by the American Society for Histocompatability and Immunogenetics (ASHI).

Laboratory staff includes over 800 Medical Laboratory Technologists and Medical Laboratory Assistants along with approximately 65 Medical/Scientific staff.  Transfer of management staff to EORLA is scheduled for October 2011 with unionized laboratory staff following in April 2012.

EORLA is governed by a Board of Directors, representing the Champlain LHIN member hospitals.