Quest Diagnostics and MemorialCare Health System have announced they have entered into a definitive agreement for Quest to acquire MemorialCare Health System's laboratory outreach service business.
Under the agreement, MemorialCare Health System will transition its outreach laboratory testing to Quest's accredited full-service clinical laboratory in West Hills, California. MemorialCare Health System's hospital-based laboratories are not a part of the transaction. Once the acquisition is completed, patients and physicians will have access to Quest's broad menu of innovative services, including next generation sequencing, and Quest's network of nearly 200 patient service centers in southern California.
"We are excited about the opportunity to enable a larger number of physicians and patients in southern California to benefit from our diagnostic insights," said Steve Rusckowski, president and CEO, Quest Diagnostics. "This transaction underscores the attractiveness of Quest Diagnostics as a provider of high-quality, high-value diagnostic information services for hospital systems considering strategic alternatives for their outreach businesses."
The acquisition supports Quest's five-point strategy, which includes restoring growth and driving disciplined capital deployment through strategically aligned, accretive acquisitions. The transaction is expected to be neutral to earnings in 2015.