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Cleveland Clinic Laboratories to provide testing and diagnostic services to ACL Laboratories

Agreement expands national presence of Cleveland Clinic Laboratories

Wednesday, July 10, 2013, Cleveland: Cleveland Clinic Laboratories will now be the main provider of specialized testing and diagnostics services for ACL Laboratories, one of the largest hospital system laboratories in the United States.

As part of the relationship, Cleveland Clinic Laboratories will offer its highly specialized expertise in esoteric testing. ACL Laboratories and their two pathology groups will also be able to confer with Cleveland Clinic Laboratories pathologists for second opinions and subspecialty consultation leading to expert diagnosis.

"This agreement lays the foundation for improving patient care by optimizing lab diagnostics," said David Bosler, M.D., Head of Cleveland Clinic Laboratories. "It will help both organizations prepare for the ever-changing landscape of laboratory medicine, setting the stage for improved patient outcomes at the right cost."

Laboratory tests are a vital element of diagnosis, treatment planning and monitoring for every disease from the most common to the esoteric. Cleveland Clinic Laboratories offers more than 2,400 tests and provides high-quality, state-of-the-art diagnostic services to physicians and health care facilities across the country. Its professional staff includes more than 80 board-certified pathologists with expertise in anatomic, clinical and molecular pathology subspecialties.

ACL Laboratories, jointly operated by Wisconsin-based Aurora Health Care and Chicago-based Advocate Health Care, provides services to 26 hospitals, two central laboratories and more than 110 system clinic settings and patient service centers. In addition, ACL also provides laboratory services to more than 5,000 outreach clients.

"This partnership will strengthen our laboratories' commitment on delivering the best service and quality to our patients with a collaborative focus on the future in laboratory medicine," said ACL Laboratories' President Barbara Bigler.

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About Cleveland Clinic Laboratories

Cleveland Clinic Laboratories (CCL), based at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic, has offered the highest quality laboratory testing services for over three decades. With a complete menu of testing from the common to the esoteric, we are a full-service, national reference lab dedicated to providing world class care. CCL is located on Cleveland Clinic's main campus within the Tomsich Pathology Laboratories building, a new state-of-the-art laboratory building, featuring sustainable practices, cutting-edge technology and designs created with input from employees. This new facility has doubled the clinical laboratories' footprint on the main campus of Cleveland Clinic, allowing significant expansion of the molecular, microbiology, special chemistry and immunology laboratories. Visit us at http://www.clevelandcliniclabs.com.

About Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S.News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation's best hospitals in its annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. More than 3,000 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 11,000 nurses represent 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a main campus near downtown Cleveland, more than 75 Northern Ohio outpatient locations, including 16 full-service Family Health Centers, Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Cleveland Clinic Canada, and, currently under construction, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. In 2012, there were 5.1 million outpatient visits throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system and 157,000 hospital admissions. Patients came for treatment from every state and from more than 130 countries. Visit us at http://www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at http://www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic.

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