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Specimen Collection to return to Health Services Centre
Specimen Collection to return to Health Services Centre
Posted on 07/25/2012
IMAGE - Specimen Collection centre returns to Elmvale 
 Specimen Collection Services will be returning to the Springwater Health Services Centre begining on July 31, 2012. From L-R: Councillor Perry Ritchie, Councillor Rick Webster, Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson, Mayor Linda Collins, Sue McGinnis, Josh MacKay from LifeLabs, (on end) Al Pontes President of the Elmvale BIA.
SPRINGWATER TOWNSHIP / July 25, 2012 – Elmvale residents will once again be able to stay close to home when they need community laboratory services.

LifeLabs, which provides laboratory services across Canada, will be visiting the Springwater Health Services Centre two days a week to provide services which were sorely missed since the previous clinic closed in late 2010. 

Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson joined Springwater Mayor Linda Collins and LifeLabs representative Josh MacKay to make the announcement Wednesday. 

”I’m delighted to announce that LifeLabs will launch their new Specimen Collectoin Centre today in Elmvale,” said Wilson. “As a diabetic, I know just how important it is to have timely access to these services. So too do the countless Ontarians who make up the 16 million annual patients visits to labs across the province.” 

This is great news for residents of Springwater and neighbouring communities who currently have to travel as far as Midland or Barrie for tests. 

“We know how much the community relied on the previous clinic,” said Mayor Collins. “Council has been working since 2010 to try to bring a specimen collection centre back to this location, and are thrilled to be working with LifeLabs to provide these much needed services for our residents.” 

The mobile specimen collection service will be available to anyone with a valid laboratory requisition form, and will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:00 am – 9:00 am beginning on Tuesday July 31, 2012. The specimen collection service will operate out of the Springwater Health Services Centre located at 35 Queen Street West in Elmvale. 

In July of 2011, Springwater Township opened the Springwater Health Services Centre, which saw a Registered Nurse and Nurse Practitioner providing primary health care services one day a week to patients of the North Simcoe Family Health Team. Other services, such as the Regional Diabetes Program, also operate from this centre. 

LifeLabs Medical Laboratory Services (LifeLabs) provides laboratory testing services, which help physicians and other healthcare professionals diagnose, treat, monitor and prevent disease in patients. LifeLabs employs more than 3,000 professionally trained staff, who deliver more than 50 million laboratory tests annually to over 10 million patients and nearly 20,000 physician customers. LifeLabs has operated in Canada for nearly 50 years. Today it is owned by Borealis, a global leader in infrastructure investing, with assets in energy, transportation and infrastructure buildings, including long-term care facilities and hospitals, pipelines and telecommunications. For information, visit www.lifelabs.com.

Springwater is a municipality of approximately 18,000 residents located in the heart of Simcoe County. Springwater Township is home to the second largest concentration of County Forests and is a popular destination for outdoor activities in all four seasons.

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Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson announces the return of specimen collection services to the Springwater Health Services Centre.

 

Simcoe Grey MPP Jim Wilson, Springwater Mayor Linda Collins and Josh MacKay from LifeLabs celebrate the return of specimen collection services to the Springwater Health Services Centre.

 

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