Hackensack Meridian, Quest agree to laboratory services partnership

Hackensack-based Hackensack Meridian Health and Secaucus-based Quest Diagnostics are partnering on laboratory diagnostic services, they announced this week.

The health system and lab services company said in a news release that Quest will manage lab operations and perform testing for 11 HMH hospitals under a long-term agreement. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Bob Garrett. (File photo)

“Our partnership with Quest helps Hackensack Meridian Health continue to live our mission, which is to transform health care in New Jersey and beyond,” Bob Garrett, HMH’s CEO, said in a prepared statement. “By working with Quest, a leader in diagnostic testing and information services, our network will continue to deliver the high-quality, convenient and accessible health care our communities expect.

“Our partnership with Quest proved invaluable during this pandemic in assuring quick and accurate test results for our patients and team members.”

Steve Rusckowski. (File photo)

Quest said it will utilize its New Jersey testing infrastructure by moving non-time-sensitive testing from HMH medical centers to its Teterboro laboratory, as well as its new flagship lab in the ON3 complex in Clifton, which is opening in 2021. The 250,000-square-foot laboratory will be co-located with the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, also on the ON3 campus.

“We are pleased to partner with Hackensack Meridian Health, a nationally renowned health system with a keen focus on providing high-quality care, and we welcome the team members who will be joining Quest on Jan. 1,” Steve Rusckowski, Quest’s chairman, CEO and president, said in a statement. “Being co-located with the Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine provides many opportunities to collaborate and improve patient outcomes.

“This is our largest professional laboratory services agreement to date, and we look forward to serving our new partner and neighbor.”