800 Hackensack Meridian Health Lab Workers May Become Quest Employees

Eight hundred Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) lab workers are expected to become Quest Diagnostic employees by the new year in a partnership agreement announced via a Quest Diagnostic memo.

Obtained and initially reported on by POLITICO earlier today, the memo revealed that Quest will be in charge of lab operations at 11 HMH hospital and one clinic. The venture may enable HMH to receive COVID-19 testing materials and test results quickly.

Tests that are not of a time-sensitive nature will be moved to Quest’s Teterboro facility and, once opened, to a new 250,000-square-foot flagship laboratory at the ON3 campus in Clifton, which will become the largest in the Quest network of more than 20 major laboratory facilities across the nation.

According to the memo and POLITICO report, layoffs are not expected.

In a joint statement provided to New Jersey Business magazine by HMH spokesperson MaryJo Layton, the two organizations “have been pursuing an agreement to enhance the quality and value of diagnostic services to their patients and physicians.

“While HMH has signed an agreement with Quest Diagnostics and is finalizing a relationship, team members on both sides have been notified about the proposed relationship so both organizations can begin the initial integration steps.

“Hackensack Meridian Health and Quest Diagnostics will make a public announcement once the agreement is finalized.”

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