A three-year renovation of UMC Health System's core laboratory is now complete.

The additions include a new patient area, new machinery and an overhaul to its automation system. Amanda Tijerina, Lab Director for UMC, said updating technology to today's standards was a must, and this renovation will now save the health system plenty of time and money.

"This whole operation we have today is going to help us make sure that we are able to take on additional growth as well for our testing," she said. "We were pretty much maxed out with what we had before."

Despite the overhaul, she said the lab was still fully functional during each phase of the renovation.