Quest to acquire PeaceHealth Laboratories' outreach lab services and assume management of labs located within PeaceHealth's medical centers in three states
MADISON, N.J. and VANCOUVER, Wash. -- February 15, 2017 -- Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, and PeaceHealth, a mission-based not-for-profit healthcare system, have formed a two-part arrangement to enhance the delivery of laboratory services to communities in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.
Under a definitive agreement, Quest Diagnostics will acquire the outreach laboratory services operations of PeaceHealth Laboratories. Under a professional laboratory services agreement, Quest will manage 11 laboratories, which PeaceHealth will continue to own, serving PeaceHealth's medical centers in the three states.
These agreements are designed to improve access to innovative, convenient and high-value laboratory diagnostic services for people in the Pacific Northwest. Physicians and patients will benefit from an enhanced test menu, which includes advanced diagnostic capabilities, and an expanded network of conveniently located patient service centers and other specimen collection sites.
"PeaceHealth is committed to delivering quality, community-focused care that is both accessible and sustainable," said Liz Dunne, PeaceHealth president and chief executive officer. "In our current healthcare landscape, that sometimes means collaborating with organizations that offer the data, tools and resources necessary to stay ahead of the curve in specialized services. After thorough and thoughtful consideration, it became clear that Quest Diagnostics offers the expertise to enhance our services and increase convenient access to care in our communities."
The two organizations also cited their shared values and vision for the future of healthcare as a major factor in the decision.
"PeaceHealth is an innovative health system dedicated to providing outstanding healthcare. Their choice of Quest Diagnostics to deliver diagnostic information services to their communities underscores our value in enabling health systems to optimize their lab strategies in and outside of the hospital setting," said Steve Rusckowski, Quest Diagnostics chairman, president and CEO. "It also delivers on our strategy to accelerate growth and drive operational excellence through strategically aligned, accretive acquisitions. We look forward to extending our expertise, innovations and commitment to empowering better health with diagnostic insights in the Pacific Northwest."
Quest Diagnostics and PeaceHealth expect to complete the transaction in the second quarter of 2017, following customary regulatory review. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
About Quest Diagnostics
Quest Diagnostics empowers people to take action to improve health outcomes. Derived from the world's largest database of clinical lab results, our diagnostic insights reveal new avenues to identify and treat disease, inspire healthy behaviors and improve health care management. Quest annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States, and our 43,000 employees understand that, in the right hands and with the right context, our diagnostic insights can inspire actions that transform lives. www.QuestDiagnostics.com.
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with about 900 providers, a laboratory system, and 10 medical centers. PeaceHealth was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace to fill a need for health care services in the Pacific Northwest. The Sisters shared financial and personnel resources to open new hospitals. They shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for health care in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of collaboration and stewardship in fulfilling its mission. This is The Spirit of Health.
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Executive Promotion Underscores PeaceHealth's Commitment to Talent Development
VANCOUVER, Wash. -- PeaceHealth, a not-for-profit health system with 16,000 caregivers serving communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, today announced that Susan Bruechner has been promoted to senior vice president and chief human resources officer. Bruechner previously served as system vice president, human resources operations at PeaceHealth. In her new role, Bruechner will oversee PeaceHealth's people strategies, ensuring an inclusive and welcoming culture reflective of the PeaceHealth Mission and Values.
In her three years as system vice president, human resources operations, Bruechner led all HR operations and strategies -- successfully driving transformational change within human resources and across the broader organization. She brings more than 20 years of HR experience. Before joining PeaceHealth in 2013, Bruechner spent nearly eight years in management roles of increasing responsibility at investment firm Goldman Sachs, where she eventually led the HR operations function for the firm's multi-national commercial real estate division. In her new role, Bruechner will report directly to Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Carol Aaron.
"Susan is a shining example of living PeaceHealth's Values in her strong commitment to organizational excellence and caregiver advocacy," said Aaron. "I have no doubt that her commitment to our people, culture and Values will result in further strengthening our exemplary caregivers for many years ahead."
"I continue to be inspired by our people and how the Mission is lived out every day at PeaceHealth," said Bruechner. "I joined PeaceHealth because of our Mission, and my personal alignment with our Values, as well as our deeply-held commitment to the most vulnerable members of our community. Our caregivers and providers deliver compassionate, high quality care, making a positive, lasting impact in our communities. I look forward to ensuring all PeaceHealth caregivers have the support and resources they need to live full lives while together we serve our patients, families and communities."
As an active member of her community. Bruechner volunteers at and supports numerous local and national organizations including the Oregon Humane Society, Clark County and Oregon Food Banks, DoveLewis, the Madeleine Parish and School, Human Rights Campaign and the ASPCA. She lives with her family in the greater Vancouver area and will continue to be based out of PeaceHealth's System Services Center in Vancouver, Wash.
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with about 900 providers, a laboratory system, and 10 medical centers. PeaceHealth was founded in 1890 by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace to fill a need for healthcare services in the Pacific Northwest. The Sisters shared financial and personnel resources to open new hospitals. They shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for health care in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of collaboration and stewardship in fulfilling its Mission. This is The Spirit of Health.