ELMWOOD PARK, N.J., May 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Laboratorio Buena Salud (www.LaboratorioBuenaSalud.com) has opened two patient testing labs dedicated to the medical concerns and clinical testing needs of the Hispanic community. The new state-of-the-art patient service centers located at 300 SW 107 Avenue, Sweetwater, FL and 504 43rd Street, Union City, NJ are the first Spanish-first clinical labs to open in their respective regions.
Laboratorio Buena Salud (LBS) ushers in a new level of service to a traditionally underserved segment of New Jersey and Florida's population, where inequities in healthcare persist for those who do not speak proficient English. All services of the laboratory– including patient care, educational literature, customer service and billing—are provided in Spanish. The laboratory does not operate as a traditional English-speaking business with bilingual capabilities, but as a Spanish-speaking service that can handle English-speakers as needed.
"Spanish-first means that language is not an afterthought, instead it's an understanding of the cultural and linguistic needs of these members of our community, as well as the obstacles they face in obtaining quality healthcare," explains Marc D. Grodman, MD, President and CEO of BioReference Laboratories, the parent company of Laboratorio Buena Salud. He notes, although Latinos are the country's fastest growing minority, as a group they generally have less access to health care, receive less preventive care and suffer worse health outcomes than the population at large.
In many Spanish-speaking communities, residents have limited comprehension of English and are comfortable discussing their personal health concerns only in their native language. Communication is key to understanding health issues, ensuring medicine compliance and adherence to follow-up care.
Laboratorio Buena Salud, headquartered in Elmwood Park, NJ, provides a wide array of clinical laboratory services to physician practices, clinics, hospitals, employers and government entities. The lab also supplies patient materials on health issues specific to this community, such as diabetes, infectious disease and heart disease, to support physicians in the treatment and prevention of serious illness.
Laboratorio Buena Salud accepts all insurances; for patients without insurance, testing performed at LBS is discounted up to 70 percent.
About Laboratorio Buena Salud
Laboratorio Buena Salud is a clinical testing laboratory offering testing, information and related services to physician offices, clinics, hospitals, employers and governmental units. Our parent company, BioReference Laboratories, is the fourth largest full-service laboratory in the United States and the largest independent regional laboratory in the Northeastern market. Laboratorio Buena Salud offers a comprehensive list of laboratory testing services utilized by healthcare providers in the detection, diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of diseases.
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