LifeLabs' Kingston Lab Earns Ontario Laboratory Accreditation

Kingston Site Shows a Clear Focus on Providing Quality Laboratory
    Services for Area Patients and PhysiciansKINGSTON, ON, Nov. 5 /CNW/ - LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services has
recently earned its 5-year Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA) for its
Kingston testing and specimen collection facilities at 800 Princess St.
    OLA is part of the quality management program for laboratory services
developed by the Ontario Medical Association and the Ministry of Health and
Long-Term Care. It is the same accreditation process that is mandatory for
hospital laboratories. A 5-year accreditation is the highest ranking possible,
indicating the high quality processes that were confirmed at LifeLabs during
the inspection.
    "This achievement speaks not only to the quality service we provide, but
even more so to the quality of our people," said Jeff MacDonald, General
Manager - Ontario, LifeLabs. "When you're contributing to patient care, you
aim to exceed existing standards. Our employees always say that they think of
the patient they're helping not just the specimen they're testing and this
heart felt approach shines through in our practices."
    Laboratory testing is integral to the healthcare system. Some reports
estimate that lab results constitute about 70% of a patient's medical record,
while up to 80% of all clinical treatment decisions are based on results from
laboratory tests. The accreditation process helps to ensure that laboratory
services are efficient, effective and high quality for all Ontarians.
    LifeLabs has been serving the healthcare needs of Canadians for nearly
50 years and has been operating in the Kingston area for almost 40 years. The
organization's Kingston laboratory specializes in diagnostic cytology testing
that screens for cervical cancer; testing over 400 PAP smears per day.
LifeLabs' Kingston lab performs approximately 95,000 tests per year and serves
more than 170,000 patients annually in Eastern Ontario. In addition to
testing, employees at the facility in Kingston collect patient specimens which
are transported to one of LifeLabs 11 provincial laboratories for testing.

    About LifeLabs:

    LifeLabs, provides laboratory testing services, which help physicians and
other healthcare professionals diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent disease in
patients. LifeLabs employs more than 3,000 professionally trained staff, who
deliver more than 50 million laboratory tests annually to over 10 million
patients and nearly 20,000 physician customers. LifeLabs has operated in
Canada for nearly 50 years. Today it is owned by Borealis Infrastructure, a
global leader in infrastructure investing, with assets in energy,
transportation and infrastructure buildings, including long-term care
facilities and hospitals, pipelines and telecommunications. For information,
visit www.lifelabs.com.BACKGROUNDER

                     LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services

    LifeLabs is a Canadian company with nearly 50 years experience serving the
needs of Canadians.
    We work with physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers to help
deliver better outcomes in patient care. We offer the following services:

       -   A broad range of community laboratory tests
       -   National access to highly specialized clinical tests
       -   Laboratory testing and management for hospitals
       -   Professional health services for employers, insurers and
           government agencies


    Each year, we provide over 50 million laboratory tests to 10 million
patients and 20,000 physicians.

    Our tests help to:

       -   Determine health risks and preventive steps
       -   Diagnose diseases and detect the onset of disease
       -   Identify suitable treatments and possible reactions
       -   Monitor and adjust treatmentOur more than 3,000 professionally-trained staff, conveniently-located
Patient Service Centres, regional state of the art testing centres and
extensive network of couriers and mobile phlebotomists enable us to provide
local access - both at home and in the community -- to regional expertise in
laboratory testing.
    At every step in the testing process, from collection to reporting, our
goal is to deliver caring, compassionate, quality service that contributes to
enhanced patient care.FACT SHEET

                     LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services

    Each year, LifeLabs provides over 50 million laboratory tests to over
10 million patients and nearly 20,000 physicians in Canada.

    Supporting Ontarians:

    -   Serve all regions of Ontario
    -   Employ over 2,000 people in the province
    -   Provide local access through 125 collection centres
    -   Operate 11 OLA-accredited regional testing facilities
    -   Serve over 50% of patients in rural Ontario communities
    -   Perform 35 million tests annually, representing 6.5 million patients
    -   Provide testing to 6,800 physician offices, 60 hospitals and 2,300
        long-term care facilities
    -   Make 650,000 homecare & LTC visits (2,600 visits/day); 1.7M
        collections from physicians

    Supporting Residents of the SouthEast LHIN:

    -   Part of the community for 35+ years
    -   Employ over 150 people throughout the region
    -   Provide local access to testing services through 8 collection centres
        (located in Bancroft, Belleville, Brockville, Kingston (2 centres),
        Picton, Smiths Falls and Trenton)
    -   Operate 2 testing facilities, including a full service regional lab
        in Belleville and a testing facility in Kingston, which specializes
        in diagnostic cytology testing that screens for cervical cancer
    -   Perform 2.8 million tests annually, in support of over 300,000
        patients and 400 physicians
    -   Provide testing services to Providence Continuing Care Centre: Mental
        Health Services (formerly Kingston Psychiatric Hospital)
    -   Provide laboratory testing to patients of Community Care Access
        Centres (CCACs) in Belleville, Brockville, Kingston, and Smiths Falls
    -   Serve about 80 Long-term Care (LTC) facilities in the SE LHIN
        including: nursing homes, retirement homes, homes for the aged, etc.
    -   When in 2005-06 Quinte Health Care (Picton and Trenton sites) and
        Brockville General Hospital transitioned community testing back into
        the community, LifeLabs ensured continued patient access to
        laboratory services, through its local collection centres and
        regional testing facilities.
For further information: Lisa Rostoks, Communications Consultant,
LifeLabs, (416) 675-4530 (x2015), lisa.rostoks@lifelabs.com