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OGH, Cuba Memorial to Offer Expanded Lab Service Hours

Posted on: 07/14/2016

The outpatient laboratory service center at Cuba Memorial Hospital will begin offering expanded hours later this month under a new agreement between Cuba Memorial Hospital (CMH) and Olean General Hospital (OGH). Under the agreement, Olean General Hospital, member hospital of Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), will manage and operate the laboratory service center at Cuba Memorial Hospital. Olean General Hospital is expected to assume lab operations at Cuba Memorial Hospital in the next few weeks, pending an approval by the New York State Department of Health.

The laboratory draw station is located on the first floor of Cuba Memorial Hospital near the Urgent Care Center. OGH will utilize laboratory staff from Associated Clinical Laboratories, which provides laboratory staffing for OGH and Bradford Regional Medical Center, also a member of Upper Allegheny Health System.

The Cuba Memorial Hospital laboratory service center will offer expanded and convenience hours under the new agreement with OGH. The lab will provide earlier hours from Monday through Friday, (6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and additional hours on Saturday (8 a.m. to noon).

“We are happy we will provide expanded and more convenient service hours and improved quality for our patients through this new agreement with Olean General Hospital,” said Andrew Boser, Cuba Memorial Hospital CEO. “Patients want to see earlier hours during the week and more hours on Saturday. This new arrangement offers both,” Boser said.

Under the terms of the agreement OGH will lease the laboratory space at Cuba Memorial, provide staffing, a medical director and courier services. In addition, OGH will provide testing for inpatients, Skilled Nursing Facility and Urgent Care Center (UCC) patients at Cuba Memorial.

Cuba Memorial Hospital recently announced their affiliation with Kaleida Health, Buffalo, NY. Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS) is currently in the process of a similar affiliation arrangement with Kaleida. Additionally, Cuba Memorial Hospital is working with Upper Allegheny Health System on an information technology initiative designed to put both hospitals on a common IT platform.

“The laboratory agreement and the IT project are both reflective of a collaborative spirit between Olean General Hospital and Cuba Memorial Hospital,” said Jason Yaworsky, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Upper Allegheny Health System. “Both hospitals will become part of Kaleida Health’s Southern Tier platform so working together on providing a common IT platform and stronger services is a natural outcome,” Yaworsky said.

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