Corporate HistoryFirstPath was incorporated in 2000 by Ronald F. Giffler, M.D. and Fred W. Reineke, M.D. Dr. Giffler has been practicing pathology in Broward and Palm Beach counties since 1982, Dr. Reineke since 1985. In January, 2001 Fay Albert, M.D. and Julia Marante, M.D. were added to the staff; and FirstPath became the exclusive provider of pathology services at North Ridge Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale.
In 2001 FirstPath also began its outreach program to provide Anatomic Pathology services for physicians' offices and other outpatient facilities in South Florida. Later that same year, FirstPath entered into contractual relationships with ChromaVision Medical Systems, Inc, and US Labs, for the provision of advanced molecular pathology studies.
With the use of the ChromaVision system, FirstPath became the first Anatomic Pathology service in South Florida to utilize computer assisted morphometric image analysis. This technique is a major step forward oncology diagnostics, providing for highly accurate microscopic quantitation of nuclear and cytoplasmic tumor markers, such as estrogen receptor and epithelial growth factor.
Our work with US Labs enables FirstPath to provide rapid turnaround flow cytometric and cytogenetic analysis for the precise classification of malignant lymphoma and leukemia.
In 2002 our main laboratory facility acquired the Ventana Benchmark and Nexes systems. These automated and computerized processes allow for the rapid production of immunohistochemical and other esoteric stains.
The following year, 2003, FirstPath contracted with the marketing firm of Intermedia of Fort Lauderdale. Covered services include design of new corporate logo, branding of stationary and collateral materials, marketing research, and public relations. A contract was also signed with Power i Technologies for the design, production, and maintenance of this web site production.
In March, 2004 FirstPath was selected to be the exclusive provider of pathology services to the Oakridge Outpatient Center in Fort Lauderdale.