LifeLabs' Niagara Region Lab Earns Ontario Laboratory Accreditation

    Thorold Site Shows a Clear Focus on Providing Quality Laboratory
                  Services for Area Patients and Physicians

    ST. CATHARINES, ON, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services
earlier this month earned its 5-year Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA)
for its Niagara Regional testing facilities at 3460 Schmon Parkway in Thorold.
    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 Niagara area for almost 35 years. In the
Niagara region, LifeLabs employs close to 200 people, provides regular support
to roughly 600 physicians and serves 470,000 patients annually. In addition,
LifeLabs provides testing services to the Niagara Health System, Ontario's
largest multi-site hospital system, comprised of six hospital sites and an
ambulatory care centre serving residents across the 12 municipalities making
up the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

    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,

For further information:

For further information: Lisa Rostoks, Communications Consultant,
LifeLabs, (416) 675-4530 (x2015),

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