MOLINE, Illinois — Quad Cities employer Metropolitan Medical Laboratory, also known as Metro Lab, bought Laboratory Corporation of America, LabCorp. LabCorp will start operations on April 1, 2019. The locations of the labs will not change, but some of Metro Lab’s offerings will not be continued. Metro Lab offers prolonged care services wherein they come to patients’ homes and perform blood draws. These are for sufferers who are disabled, sure, or have problems getting out of their house. When LabCorp takes over, those services will not be presented.
“Patients are extraordinarily dissatisfied,” Lead in the extended care department Pam Waugaman stated. “We’ve had patients cry to our phlebotomist, pronouncing how sad they are that they will not have this service. They do not know what to do.” Metro Lab’s comprehensive services provide care for many patients. “Anywhere from two hundred to 300 patients per week, which might be simply home visits by myself,” Waugaman stated. Metro Lab extended care services employee Carla Downing decided to open a new non-earnings, Heart & Hands Home Draw, to offer the offerings patients would be losing. She stated that it is a carrier that their sufferers cannot stay without. “We’ll do pretty much what we do at Metro,” Downing said. “It works nicely.”
Heart & Hands Home Draw will serve patients in Iowa and Illinois. Downing hopes to offer a clean transition to Metro Lab’s cutting-edge patients so they do not need care. “Anyone who desires healthcare and can not get out, but they need a blood draw, then Heart and Hands can do it,” Downing said. Waugaman says that many patients could no longer get blood drawn without these domestic care offerings. “A lot of the patients we have are on medicinal drugs that need consistent tracking,” Waugaman stated. Metro Lab donated their modern-day home blood draw luggage to Heart and Hands. However, Downing says components will best last for some months. She is asking for donations for the non-income. The website may be found right here. Metro Lab’s extended care offerings will cease on March 29, 2019. Downing plans to have Heart & Hands Home Draw strolling with the aid of April 1, 2019. LabCorp will take over all six of Metro Lab’s places.