LifeLabs Brings Laboratory Testing Services to Fergus, Elora and Arthur



    Groves Memorial Community Hospital Was Instrumental in Move
    Which Ensures Continuity in Lab Services to Local Area Patients

    FERGUS, ON, March 17 /CNW/ - Groves Memorial Community Hospital and
LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services today announced that LifeLabs will begin
delivering laboratory services to patients in the communities of Fergus,
Elora, Arthur and surrounding area, starting this month, thereby ensuring
continuity in lab services to a growing population.
    Patients will have the same access to the same services at the same
location. Starting Monday, March 31st, 2008, LifeLabs will operate a full
service collection centre where local patients can go to have specimens
collected for an extensive menu of laboratory tests ordered by area
physicians. The new LifeLabs facility will be located on the site of an
existing specimen collection centre, scheduled for closure on Friday, March
28th, 2008, that is in close proximity to the hospital. The new collection
centre will be open 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, the same hours of
operation as its predecessor.
    In addition to community patient specimen collection, LifeLabs will offer
the following services to physicians and long-term care facilities associated
with Groves Memorial Community Hospital:

    
    -  Delivery of supplies for specimen collection;
    -  A range of community laboratory testing;
    -  Electrocardiograms (ECGs); and
    -  Delivery of test results
    

    "Until now laboratory testing services were delivered to our local
residents through a pilot project administered by the hospital and the
Ministry of Health and Long-term Care," said Groves Memorial Community
Hospital CEO Jerome Quenneville. "We are pleased that with the help of
LifeLabs these vital services continue to be offered to our community."
    LifeLabs has nearly 50 years experience serving the health needs of
Canadians, and has been operating in the regions of Waterloo and Wellington
for nearly 25 years. It delivers a broad range of community laboratory tests,
which are used by healthcare professionals to accurately assess individual
patient needs and identify effective treatments.
    "As a strong advocate for patients in their community, Groves Memorial
Community Hospital was instrumental in our decision to open a local patient
centre to support the testing needs of area residents," said President and CEO
Hans Thunem. "Our organizations share a similar set of values and we look
forward to working with the hospital and with local physicians and long-term
care facilities to help deliver better outcomes in patient care through the
provision of quality test results."

    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 then 3000 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.





For further information:

For further information: Jerome Quenneville, President and CEO, (519)
843-2010 (x200), jquenneville@nwhealthcare.ca; Norm Berberich, Senior Manager,
Communications, (416) 675-4530 (x2800), norman.berberich@lifelabs.com

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