• By Gina Chiri-Osmond

Mayo Medical Laboratories Closing New England Testing Facility; Transitioning to Minn.

March 22, 2016

Exterior of Mayo Medical Labs Building in New England

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Mayo Medical Laboratories announced today that it will cease operations at its New England facility located in Andover, Massachusetts.

“This was not an easy decision—in fact, it was an incredibly difficult decision,” says William Morice, II, M.D., Ph.D., chair of Mayo Clinic’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology in Rochester, Minn., and president of Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML). “Our primary concern is helping the affected staff at this location in every way possible. As we transition the testing from New England to Mayo Clinic in Rochester throughout 2016, it is my hope that some of the staff in Andover will be interested in open positions at other Mayo locations.”

Mayo Medical Laboratories has operated a clinical testing facility in New England for several years. The 10-year lease for the facility is expiring in the coming years, and the property owner requested that Mayo Clinic recommit to another long-term lease. “This testing facility is a highly successful operation in terms of quality, safety, productivity, and cost efficiency,” says Dr. Morice. “However, the facility is not near a Mayo Clinic medical practice. Our decision is based upon the long-term future for this facility, not the great work that is performed here every day.” Mayo Medical Laboratories will begin transitioning tests from Andover to the Rochester campus using a phased nine-month approach, ending operations on December 31, 2016.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Gina Chiri-Osmond and Karl Oestreich, Mayo Clinic Public Affairs, 507-284-5005, newsbureau@mayo.edu

“We value the contributions of the Mayo Medical Laboratories New England staff and will work hard to provide the best opportunities possible as we move forward,” says Dr. Morice. “Mayo leadership and our human resources specialists will be meeting one-on-one over the next few days with the impacted laboratory staff to outline how these decisions affect them and how we can best provide opportunities for them.”

Mayo Medical Laboratories provides advanced laboratory testing and pathology services to support 5,000 health care organizations around the world. Revenue from this testing is used to support medical education and research at Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research, and education for people from all walks of life.

The announcement was made this morning with leaders on site at the Andover, Mass., facility who spoke directly with the affected staff and answered questions.

About Mayo Medical Laboratories/Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
The Mayo Clinic Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology and its reference laboratory Mayo Medical Laboratories provide advanced laboratory testing and pathology services to support 5,000 health care organizations around the world. Revenue from this testing is used to support medical education and research at Mayo Clinic, a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research, and education for people from all walks of life. Complemented by collaborations with diagnostic and biotechnology companies, the department maintains a robust diagnostic test development program, launching more than 150 new tests each year.

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