Northwell Health in collaboration with NYC Health + Hospitals is all set to begin work on a US$47.7 million shared, centralised laboratory in Queens.
The centralised laboratory will improve the quality and patient service while reducing costs for both health systems and their hospitals.
The 36, 000 square foot, two story lab will perform microbiology tests, including molecular diagnostics from local hospitals, clinics and physicians offices. The latest technology and advanced robotic testing systems will be incorporated in the lab.
The state-of-the-art lab is part of the Clinical Laboratory of New York (CLNY) Alliance, formed in 2014 by Northwell and NYC Health + Hospitals to integrate laboratory services through a shared reference lab.
With the initial US$47.7 million, Northwell Health will combine and streamline the operations of the two health systems.
Additional jobs will be added and the laboratory will provide enhanced service levels to the physicians and patients. The hospitals are expecting more than US$30 million of savings annually.
More than 30 million tests and analyzes 200, 000 surgical specimens from its commercial lab service, hospitals, multiple outpatient facilities and over 40 blood-testing Patient Service Centres (PSCs) will be performed by the Northwell Laboratories network.
Currently, four core labs and seven rapid response labs would be operated by NYC Health + Hospitals. The two hospitals together perform about 15 million lab tests each year.
Under the partnership, NYC Health + Hospitals will consolidate its four core lab operations into the new cooperative lab in Little Neck, which will eventually process about half of all NYC Health + Hospitals' lab tests.
There will be employees from both organizations, and no layoffs are anticipated from the consolidation.
|Name||Northwell Health, NYC Health + Hospitals|
|Parties Involved||Northwell Health, NYC Health + Hospitals|