St. Peter’s leaves the environmental laboratory business


ALBANY – St. Peter’s Health Partners is leaving the environmental auditing business with the closure of the Bender laboratory, which the hospital group has operated for decades. A spokesman for St. Peter said talks were ongoing to sell the business he believed was profitable.

The seven full-time employees at Bender can apply for other vacancies at St. Peter or seek a change to new owners with a buyer. Or they can leave St. Peter’s as an expanded severance program through what Spokesman Bob Webster said.

The Bender Laboratory offered a series of water tests that are often required by mortgage lenders before they approve a loan for homes that rely on wells for water supplies.

The laboratory specializes in household water tests, but also offers testing services for schools, municipalities, small businesses, well drilling companies and RV parks.

Webster said St. Peter’s decided to leave the environmental auditing business because, as a health care provider, it “doesn’t fit what we’re up to”. “That didn’t fit into this portfolio.”

St. Peter’s operates several hospitals in the capital region, including Samaritan in Troy, St. Peter’s in Albany, Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital in Schenectady, and Samaritan Hospital – Albany Memorial Campus in Albany.

Bender is one of fewer than half a dozen laboratories in the capital region that is accredited by the state Ministry of Health to conduct drinking water tests. The Department of Health’s website also lists Adirondack Environmental Services in Albany; YH Advisory Group in Loudonville; CNA Environmental Protection at Ballston Spa; and Eden Laboratory in Schenectady County.

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