NRMC first rural hospital to offer rapid COVID-19 antibody, PCR testing


The Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) announced today that they are the first rural hospital to offer both Roche Rapid COVID-19 antibody and rapid PCR Covid-19 testing with new laboratory instrument developed by Biofire Dx. Technologies. (

According to, “polymerise chain reaction (PCR) and antibody testing are the dominant ways that global healthcare systems are testing citizens for Covid-19.” (

Physicians will no longer have to wait 2-7 days for test results and no longer have to ship samples out. All testing can be done at NRMC with same day results.

Congratulations to Laboratory team Natalie Vandersteen Director, Tiffany Roque, Lab Quality Director and Dr. Phyllis Mason, CMO on their work and for making this happen.