Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) has selected Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML) as its primary reference laboratory. The agreement provides WCHN physicians and staff with access to Mayo Clinic’s extensive menu of more than 3,000 laboratory tests in every subspecialty of medicine. Also, WCHN laboratory staff and practitioners will be able to speak directly with Mayo physicians and scientists to review patient test orders and collaboratively interpret results.
“Much like WCHN, Mayo Clinic is a fully integrated hospital, research facility, and educational institution,” says Paul Fiedler, M.D., chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at WCHN. “This integrated and collaborative approach strengthens our own efforts as we are working with families to find answers—not just test results—and determine next steps in the care of their loved ones.”
Specimens obtained at WCHN will be transported via express-air to Mayo Clinic’s campus in Rochester, Minnesota, with results often available the following day through a computer interface that enters the information directly into each patient’s medical record. Additionally, Mayo Medical Laboratories will work closely with WCHN to enhance the test menu of WCHN-performed tests through a suite of consultation and support services, building the capacity and skills of all the clinicians involved.
“We are working with leading health care systems to provide the right test at the right time for each patient,” says William Morice, II, M.D., Ph.D., president of Mayo Medical Laboratories and chair of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at Mayo Clinic. “Working with WCHN’s laboratory staff and clinicians, we will collaborate on optimizing test orders, launching new tests at WCHN, and applying new analytics technologies. Together, we will provide the highest quality laboratory tests at an affordable price for the patients who need these tests.”
“Our highly skilled laboratory staff members perform more than 3 million laboratory tests annually,” says Dr. Fiedler. “Mayo Medical Laboratories will help us expand and diversify in‑house lab testing at WCHN. As a result of this relationship, patients and physicians will benefit from the knowledge of a worldwide network of experts when it’s needed.”
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Western Connecticut Health Network (WCHN) is the region’s premier, patient-centered health care organization built for the people we serve in Western Connecticut and adjacent New York. WCHN is a place where patients always come first, where our talented staff take pride in keeping people well and provide compassionate, contemporary care when our patients need our help. We take heart that no matter how great the challenge, every medical history can become a brighter medical future together.
WCHN is anchored by three nationally recognized hospitals, Danbury Hospital, New Milford Hospital and Norwalk Hospital, with the continuum of outpatient health and wellness services offered by numerous medical practices and subspecialties across the region through the Western Connecticut Medical Group and the Western Connecticut Home Care. Committed to learning and innovation, our hospitals collaborate with the University of Vermont Medical College and many other well-known academic institutions to promote the most progressive care possible. The nationally renowned WCHN Research Institute, the WCHN Foundation, and Norwalk Hospital Foundation and other affiliates complete the WCHN family where We Know You Well!