About our Laboratory Services

Brightshores Health System takes pride in offering Quality Health Care within our region.

There are 5 laboratories within our Corporation to support our communities.  Owen Sound is our Regional Hospital that offers an extensive range of specialty services.  We have a busy Pathology Department that includes 6 Pathologists supporting our laboratory and specialty services.

Our commitment to providing Quality care is evident in the investments made in the laboratory to ensure we meet the demands of today and adapt for the future.  We would like to share a few examples of new technologies recently purchased and implemented at Brightshores;

             PCR testing for COVID

             Bruker MALDI,  Mass Spectrometry for our Microbiology department to quickly identify bacteria

             Cellavision digital morphology in our hematology department

             New analyzers for our Chemistry departments, including an automation solution in Owen Sound

             Alethia, a molecular platform for malaria diagnosis


At Brightshores we are committed in continuous quality improvement and optimizing lab operations, exploring and implementing new technologies allows us to provide care close to home for our communities.

The Opportunity


Owen Sound

The Medical Laboratory Assistant (MLA) works within his/her scope of professional practice in a team environment to collect samples, conduct medical laboratory tests and set up, clean and maintain medical laboratory equipment.  The MLA must practice in accordance with the Medical Laboratory Technology Act, CMLTO, Ontario Laboratory Accreditation and Hospital regulations and standards.

Qualifications / Skills / Abilities:


  • Graduate of a Medical Laboratory Assistant Program
  • MLPAO or CSMLS Certification or eligibility
  • Phlebotomy experience an asset
  • Demonstrated understanding and use of lab and hospital software systems (i.e. LIS, Document management system)
  • Ability to interact effectively with others within and outside of the organization (i.e. staff physicians, patients, technologists, suppliers, Ministry of Health)
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and good judgement in a stressful environment
  • Ability to organize, prioritize and adapt to constant changing priorities.
  • Competency as described in the Competency Profile – Medical Laboratory Assistant, as published by the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS)
  • Ability to maintain accurate records and documentation
  • Availability to work off-shifts, weekends and on-call shifts as scheduled
  • Ability to function effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to handle exposures to infection, noise, odours, working interruptions and high pressure situations
  • Ability to respect and maintain confidentiality
  • Recent satisfactory performance and attendance records
  • Adherence to Brightshores ‘CARE’ Behaviours (Collaboration, Accountability, Respect, Excellence) and ‘LEAD’ Competencies (Lead by example, Empower, Achieve results, Develop others) and a commitment to a safe workplace free of violence and harassment
  • Advocates and supports a culture of patient safety and demonstrates an understanding of how the department service and assigned responsibilities contribute to overall patient safety at Brightshores through patient safety knowledge, skills and attitudes

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