It was announced that a modern medical lab would open in South Bend. It would be open to all the physicians in the city and would be centrally located. There were 23 physicians, each invested in two shares of stock at $50 each, for a total of $100. The group of doctors believed that a local laboratory would decrease turn-around time for receiving reports completed by the state lab, and there was only a limited amount of tests completed by the state lab. In July, the South Bend Medical Laboratory, housed in the basement of Epworth Hospital at 604 North Main Street, hired Dr. A.M. Petersen as its first Pathologist.