We had the good fortune of connecting with Marlene Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marlene, how does your business help the community?
We started Moore Diagnostic Laboratory, Inc. out of sheer necessity. At the start of the pandemic, there were very few testing facilities and if you could find one, the time it took to get test results could be up to 2 weeks. With the rapid spread of the virus, growing death tolls and increased restriction placed on travelers and different industries, people needed a testing facility that could perform the test in-house and provide more expedient results. Even with the vaccine and due to the high mutation rate of the virus, there is only one way to know if you have COVID-19 and that’s to get tested. Knowing your infection status has had a direct impact on our community, and world by allowing those who are uninfected to resume normal activity, or those who are infected to take the proper precautions to help reduce the spread and/or seek the appropriate medical attention to save a life. Before the vaccine, testing was the only option to get workers back to work, re-open businesses and get kids back to school. After the vaccine, there are still testing mandates. Our testing facility has helped to prevent further shutdowns and helped our communities resume a sense of normalcy.
What should our readers know about your business?
It has been a long term goal of mine to open a diagnostic lab. I have almost 20 years in the medical laboratory field, and was able to work my way up from Technologist to Lab Manager, and finally Lab Owner. With my experience and the need of COVID-19 testing facilities, the pandemic presented an opportunity to start on a small scale. I was taught that success is where preparation meets opportunity and since this is something that’s been on my vision board for years, I was certainly prepared. We pride ourselves in providing the fastest tests in the area, at the most competitive pricing, in a customer centric environment. We have supported both small and large scale testing campaigns and have have extended business hours to meet everyone’s needs. Hard work, diligence and faithfulness has led to our success. Of course it’s not easy, but the support of a great team and loving family has made the challenges manageable and helped us to overcome. Along the way, I’ve learned that consistency and patience are key. From my story, the world should know that dreams DO become reality.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Chateau Elan Winery and resort for wine tasting and pampering all day
Sundial restaurant for a beautiful view of the city with a Ferris wheel ride
Lenox Mall and Phipps Plaza for a little shopping w/ dining at The Palm Restaurant
The National Center for Civil & Human Rights and High Museum of Art to keep us cultured, then walk the Beltline and hangout at Centennial Olympic Park with dining at Pascals
The Battery at Truist Park for a game or festivities with dining at C. Ellet’s Steakhouse, Botanical Garden at night
World of Coke during the day, then The Compound Night Club that night for a little dancing
Boat ride on Lake Allatoona to wind down
Now that’s a week of fun!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First and foremost God Almighty, my husband James Moore II (VP & CFO), all the employees of MDL, Inc., past and present, my loving and supporting family and friends, and the investors. Team work is key!