CommonWealth Purchasing Group Names Quest Diagnostics its National Provider of Diagnostic Information Services

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CommonWealth Purchasing Group (CPG), the nation’s leading group purchasing organization for community health centers and community based nonprofits, announced that it has selected Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, as its national provider of laboratory testing and related services.

“Several CPG members have had positive experiences with Quest Diagnostics in the past, and we look forward to building on this foundation to benefit all of our members.” Rick Bryant, Director of CPG.

CommonWealth Purchasing Group (CPG), the nation’s leading group purchasing organization for community health centers and community based nonprofits, announced that it has selected Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services, as its national provider of laboratory testing and related services.

Under the exclusive agreement, Quest Diagnostics will provide CPG’s 500 members access to services in several clinical areas, including primary care, women’s health, cancer, genetics, health and wellness, infectious disease and prescription drug monitoring. Quest also provides several healthcare information technology solutions, such as the Quest Diagnostics Care360 lab ordering platform and myQuest mobile health app, which CPG members may access through CPG. Additional terms were not disclosed.

The agreement extends a prior relationship under which Quest Diagnostics provided services to select CPG members.

“Quest Diagnostics is unique because it combines cutting edge diagnostics expertise, innovation and quality with tremendous national scale. As a result, it possess the flexibility to deliver top-notch, high value services for the differing needs of our members,” said Rick Bryant, Director of CPG. “Several CPG members have had positive experiences with Quest Diagnostics in the past, and we look forward to building on this foundation to benefit all of our members.”

“Community health organizations, such as federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), are an increasingly vital source of healthcare for millions of people in the United States who might otherwise face significant barriers to access to care, said Everett Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Commercial for Quest Diagnostics. “Our relationship with CPG will enable us to extend our reach in this important area of healthcare and thereby empower more people to access critical diagnostics services.”

Quest Diagnostics annually serves one in three adult Americans and half the physicians and hospitals in the United States. The company operates 2,300 patient service centers, dozens of clinical laboratories in the United States, and a logistics operation consisting of 3,500 courier vehicles and more than two dozen aircraft.

About CommonWealth Purchasing Group
CommonWealth Purchasing Group, LLC ("CPG") is the premier group purchasing organization for community health centers and other community-based, not-for-profit organizations. Founded in 1998 by the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, the state's Primary Care Association, CPG today negotiates volume purchasing agreements with national vendors on behalf of its 500 members across the country. Beginning with a single contract, CPG currently provides its members with access to over 75 vendors that are willing to offer price discounts and the highest level of customer service. CPG understands and addresses the challenges that rising costs of goods and services present, the overhead involved in selecting vendors, and the time involved in managing contracts with an organization's limited resources. For additional information, visit http://www.cwpurchasing.com.

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