Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Businesses Reach Out to 40,000 Nevadans In the Wake of a Health Crisis

LAS VEGAS — In response to serious concerns about the health of at least 40,000 Southern Nevadans who were potentially exposed to blood-borne illnesses while undergoing treatment at the Endoscopy Center of Southern Nevada, three organizations are lending their support. All 40,000 people are urged to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV immediately.

UMC Quick Care Centers are offering free visits for those receiving letters from the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) notifying them of possible hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV exposure. Visits will include a physician’s order for the necessary lab work and patients must bring a copy of their SNHD notification letter. Patients will be sent to independent labs for testing and may incur costs for that.

Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) is waiving test fees for insured and uninsured patients within the affected group. The company has 12 area patient service centers and is extending it afternoon hours to accommodate impacted Nevadans.

Quest Diagnostics is reducing the cost for hepatitis C and hepatitis B testing at its 22 patient service centers for those affected by the recent health concerns.

University Medical Center (UMC), affiliated with the University of Nevada School of Medicine, is the premier teaching hospital in the state. The medical center serves the medical needs of Southern Nevada and parts of California, Utah and Arizona as well as the millions of visitors to Las Vegas every year. UMC operates 10 quick care centers in Southern Nevada.

Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LabCorp) is more than a routine clinical laboratory. As a pioneer in genomic testing and the commercialization of new diagnostic technologies, LabCorp is one of the world's largest clinical laboratories, with annual revenues of $4.1 billion in 2007. Headquartered in Burlington, N. C., LabCorp has approximately 26,000 employees and offers a broad range of genomic/esoteric tests. The company tests more than 370,000 specimens daily for over 220,000 clients nationwide.

Quest Diagnostics is a leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services that patients and doctors need to make better healthcare decisions. Its customers and payers include patients, physicians, hospitals, health insurers, employers and government agencies. Each year the company performs personal health testing on more than 150 million patients.

UMC, LabCorp and Quest Diagnostics are reaching out to help those in need at a time when it is needed most. It's a shame that the company allegedly responsible for the health crisis isn't paying for testing for all 40,000 of the patients it endangered. Thankfully the community can turn to UMC, LabCorp and Quest.

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