LifeLabs Enhances Service to Wasaga Beach Residents



    Opening of New Location Means Improved Patient Access to Laboratory
    Testing Services

    WASAGA BEACH, ON, July 7 /CNW/ - LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services
today announced the opening of a new location to serve the laboratory testing
needs of Wasaga Beach physicians and their patients, thereby enhancing local
access to important healthcare services.
    The new patient service centre, which is scheduled to open July 8, is
located at 14 Ramblewood Drive in the new Ramblewood Medical Centre. The new
facility is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1:30
p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Prior to the opening of this new facility, local residents were served by
nearby LifeLabs locations in Collingwood and Stayner. The new location will
offer the same services patients and physicians have come to expect; although
now they will be able to access these services much closer to home.
    In addition to providing patient specimen collection services in town,
LifeLabs' presence in Wasaga Beach means that local long-term care facilities
and residents who are housebound can take advantage of LifeLabs' house call
service, which offers specimen collection in the home.
    "As a family physician, I know the critical role lab tests play in
helping diagnose patients quickly and accurately and, if necessary, putting
them on an effective course of treatment," said Dr. Amar Singh, one of 4
physicians located in Ramblewood Medical Centre. "Improving local access to
lab testing services is an important step in improving the quality of care we
are able to offer patients."
    "As strong advocates for their patients, local area physicians and
municipal leaders played an instrumental role in encouraging our expansion to
serve the needs of this growing community," said Hans Thunem, President and
CEO, LifeLabs. "We look forward to working with local healthcare providers to
help deliver better outcomes in patient care through the provision of
laboratory tests."
    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. LifeLabs has been serving the healthcare needs of Canadians
for nearly 50 years and has been operating in Simcoe County for over 30 years.
LifeLabs will continue to serve patients from its other nearby Nottawasaga Bay
locations, including:

    
    -   186 Erie Street, Suite 209, Collingwood
    -   230 King Street N., Stayner
    

    Elsewhere in Simcoe County, LifeLabs also operates in Alliston, Barrie
and Orillia. For a complete list of LifeLabs locations, visit
www.lifelabs.com.

    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 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.





For further information:

For further information: Norm Berberich, Senior Manager, Communications,
LifeLabs, 1-877-675-4530, (416) 675-4530 (x2800),
norman.berberich@lifelabs.com

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