Two Auburn Healthcare Facilities work together in new arrangement

The Auburn Memorial Hospital (AMH) Laboratory is pleased to announce that it now provides laboratory services to the residents of Mercy Health and Rehabilitation Center (MHRC).

"For some time now, AMH phlebotomists and medical technologists have been providing laboratory testing for all other elder care facilities in Cayuga County," Thomas Filiak, Administrative Director of the AMH Laboratory said. "It became apparent that we could also extend our clinical expertise and services to Mercy, which is so vital to the well-being of the residents of our county. The on-site testing services that the AMH Laboratory performs result in a rapid turn-around time for test results, thus enhancing the timeliness of care to Mercy residents."

This partnership between AMH and Mercy is a mutually beneficial agreement whose time has come, noted Suzanne Reid, RN, Director of Nursing at Mercy. "It is essential for Mercy Health and Rehabilitation Center to have access to these types of ancillary services so that we can provide the highest quality of care to our residents and employees. All of us at MHRC are excited about the new arrangement with the AMH Laboratory because it is an avenue for building strong community roots which will enable Cayuga County to meet the ongoing needs of its residents."

John Riccio, M.D., Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Director at AMH, noted that an additional benefit of the partnership is that now there can be a continuity of care between an individual's hospitalization and their rehabilitation and follow-up care needs.

"This agreement is a prime example of how healthcare facilities, by working together, can benefit patients and retain scarce healthcare dollars within our own county."

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