Gamma-Dynacare to offer sleep disorders testing in partnership with Quebec-based OSR

Website: www.gamma-dynacare.com

MONTREAL, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories ("Gamma-Dynacare") and OSR Medical Inc. ("OSR") announced today that they have entered into a Collaboration Agreement that will make the diagnosis of sleep disorders more accessible for patients.

It is well known that good quality sleep is critical for a healthy lifestyle, while non-restorative sleep adversely affects one's health, performance and safety.  There are many known causes of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, snoring, teeth grinding and other neurological problems. The specialized physicians who direct OSR diagnose and treat patients suffering from these symptoms.  OSR has two state-of-the art sleep labs, located in Montreal and Laval, the only centres adhering to the Quebec guidelines and accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

Under the new Collaboration Agreement, the full range of OSR's sleep disorder testing services will now be available through Gamma-Dynacare's network of 28 Patient Services Centres in Quebec, providing better access to these services for patients and their referring physicians.  Gamma-Dynacare will offer OSR polysomnography tests, consultation and illness management services on its requisition forms.  In addition, Gamma-Dynacare's employees will be able to respond to inquiries about sleep medicine services, and supply portable monitoring devices so patients can be tested for sleep disorders in the comfort of their own homes. OSR will promote Gamma-Dynacare as its preferred provider of laboratory services in Quebec. The parties intend to collaborate for an initial term of five years.

"We are very excited at the prospect of OSR Medical and Gamma-Dynacare joining forces," said Denis Bessette, Quebec sales director at Gamma-Dynacare. "As both businesses are committed to providing clients with accessible, specialized and secure health services, much will be gained through our collaboration. Most importantly, patients will benefit from better access to a broad array of high-quality health services that have been completely designed around the needs of the patient."

Doctor Marcel Baltzan, Medical Director of OSR Medical's Sleep Disorder Diagnostic Centres, is equally enthusiastic at the prospect of this collaboration. "Our patients and their clinicians will benefit from Gamma-Dynacare's superior quality and customer service. Gamma-Dynacare's patients and their referring physicians will now have timely access to OSR's top-quality sleep medicine."

About OSR Medical

Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Quebec, OSR Medical (www.osrmedical.com) is recognized as an industry leader in sleep medicine services. Directed by board certified physicians in sleep medicine, OSR operates Sleep Disorder Centres in both Montreal and Laval, where patients suffering from sleep disorders are provided with the highest quality of care. Since 2007, OSR Medical's Sleep Disorder Centres have been accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

About Gamma-Dynacare

Providing Information.  Impacting Lives.  Caring for People.  By living this mission, Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories will achieve its vision of becoming the trusted leader in transforming laboratory information and services into solutions that improve health, wellness and the Canadian health care system.

Gamma-Dynacare is one of Canada's largest and most respected providers of laboratory services and solutions, with more than 50 years of experience serving Canadians.  Headquartered in Brampton, Ontario, Gamma-Dynacare operates laboratories in Ontario (Brampton, Bowmanville, London, Ottawa and Thunder Bay), Quebec (Saint-Laurent and Laval), Manitoba (Winnipeg) and Alberta (Edmonton).

In addition, Gamma-Dynacare operates more than 200 Patient Services Centres in Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Gamma-Dynacare's 2,400 skilled and dedicated employees perform 50 million tests each year, playing a key role in the prevention and diagnosis of disease and the treatment of patients.

SOURCE: Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories

For further information:

Scott Hickey
Vice President, Strategic Planning & Corporate Communications
Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories
Tel: (905) 790-3515 or 1-866-790-3515, ext. 5381
Email: HickeyS@gamma-dynacare.com

or

Hélène Tomlinson
President, Tomlinson & Associates
Tel:  (514) 285-1150
Email:  h.tomlinson@petcommunication.ca

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