1 MILLION AND COUNTING ... Stanford Medicine recently marked a milestone in the pandemic nearly two years since the disease took hold around the world. The medical center's clinical virology laboratory processed its 1 millionth COVID-19 PCR test on Feb. 10, Stanford Medicine shared in a news article this week. The landmark is the result of nearly 80,000 hours of work at Stanford Medicine, which was one of the first academic medical centers nationwide to gain the Food and Drug Administration's emergency use authorization for its coronavirus PCR test. Initially, tests were administered to Stanford's adult and pediatric patients, then quickly became available to other medical facilities in Northern California. The number of tests that have been processed is over five times the number of diagnostic tests usually processed in a two-year span, according to Stanford Medicine. "Laboratory staff have worked incredibly hard throughout the pandemic," Dr. Benjamin Pinsky, the laboratory's director, said in the article. "The demands of the past two years have been relentless, but they have been so resilient and determined to deliver the timely results needed to appropriately care for our patients while also protecting those caring for them." Staff were hard at work during the omicron wave this winter, processing 20,000 tests in seven days during the height of the surge. One-quarter of those tests came back with positive results, according to Stanford Medicine. Staff commemorated the milestone by posing for a photo in the lab, with some holding whiteboards that said 1 million.
A WELL-DESERVED RETIREMENT ... After a 44-year career in the local real estate industry, Bob Gerlach, vice president and manager of the Compass Palo Alto office, is set to retire on March 1. Gerlach began his career at the age of 22. He was one of the youngest Realtors in the Bay Area at that time. He originally worked for Fox & Carskadon and quickly moved up the ranks to a management position. His first office was in Los Altos, and two years later, he opened the Palo Alto office. Gerlach managed that office for six years and in 1992 moved to Alain Pinel Realtors as the broker manager of their new Palo Alto office. Gerlach said becoming broker manager at Alain Pinel was his greatest achievement. While there, he not only recruited some of the best Realtors in Palo Alto, but also established one of the strongest brands in the real estate community. In 2019, Alain Pinel Realtors was acquired by Compass, a New York-based real estate company with a strong focus on technology. Gerlach was instrumental in guiding his office through this transition. Ron Gable, a seasoned veteran of the real estate industry, will take over the management responsibilities of the Compass Palo Alto office.
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