Who Is Ascend Clinical
Ascend Clinical was founded in Northern California in 1984 as the in-house laboratory for a leading not for profit dialysis company. From the beginning, Ascend Clinical has focused solely on the Kidney Dialysis patient population. Being a progressively innovative company, the testing and software platforms we have developed over the past 30 years have persistently optimized patient care.
It was in 1999 that we turned our marketing focus to the independent renal community, also developing the industry’s first end-to-end Internet native software package for clinics’ ordering and reporting. This software package – LabCheck™ – was developed by Ascend in collaboration with nurses, dietitians, and doctors, who are the primary users of the system; and it remains the leading software for the renal community since its inception. As a part of Ascend’s persistent innovation, LabCheck™ 5.0 is currently under development with a revised look and feel, enhanced usability and power that harnesses the latest in internet technologies and efficiencies.
As the company continued its growth and evolution, we moved to a new 25,000 sq. ft. location in May 2004 allowing for new machines and technologies that would also provide a substantial foundation for further growth. We now have locations in Denver and Colorado Springs as well as our main laboratory in Redwood City, CA.
The immense support needed to sustain and maintain our independent dialysis facilities across the entire United States, forced us to find pioneering solutions to the need for on-site clinical education and practices. In January 2014, we launched Ascend University (AscendU™), the first online training environment for these facilities. AscendU™ is a state-of-the-art interactive program that allows all facility staff to learn the key functions pertaining to their particular roles in laboratory processes and procedures.
Today Ascend Clinical serves over 30,000 patients across the entire United States as well as Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.