Quest Diagnostics acquires two Conn. hospitals’ lab services

Secaucus’ Quest Diagnostics now has the outreach lab services operations of two Connecticut hospitals.

Doctors and patients of the William W. Backus Hospital and the Hospital of Central Connecticut, both of Hartford HealthCare, will now have direct access to Quest’s broad range of testing services, along with an expanded network of patient service centers.

Testing performed by the two hospitals will transition to Quest’s full-service clinical laboratory in Marlborough, Massachusetts, as well as rapid response labs in Wallingford, Torrington, Stratford, Hartford and Norwich, Connecticut.

Additional terms were not disclosed.

This adds to Quest’s relationship with Hartford HealthCare. Quest last year acquired the outreach laboratory service business of then-HHC subsidiary Clinical Laboratory Partners.

“We are confident our physicians and patients will be in very good hands,” said Bimal Patel, president of Backus Hospital, and Lucille Janatka, president of the Hospital of Central Connecticut. “Quest is the world leader in laboratory services and is extremely capable of continuing our tradition of patient-centered care and excellent customer service. We also thank our lab employees, and our dedicated physicians and patients at Backus and the Hospital of Central Connecticut, for all they have done over the years to make our outreach laboratory business such a success.”

This is Quest’s fifth “strategically aligned, accretive acquisition” of the year, said CEO and President Steve Rusckowski.

It delivers “on our two-point strategy to accelerate growth and drive operational excellence, while strengthening our presence in New England,” he added.