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Lab testing service opening in Safeway store

This Sonora Quest Laboratories facility is located in Sedona.

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This Sonora Quest Laboratories facility is located in Sedona.

KINGMAN – Sonora Quest Laboratories and Safeway announced they will be opening a new Patient Service Center in the Safeway grocery store located at 3970 Stockton Hill Road.

The full-service retail location, scheduled to open by the end of the year, will offer lab testing services, access to up-to-date diagnostic capabilities and a guest paging system that allows clinic visitors to shop while waiting for their time-slot or appointment.

Sonora Quest Laboratories offers a select menu of health profiles and screening tests as well as testing for allergies, diabetes, heart health, immunity, and infectious diseases.

“The endeavor between Sonora Quest Laboratories and Safeway is an investment in innovative capabilities in this new era of health care consumerism,” said Christina Noble, vice president of business development with Sonora Quest Laboratories.

“We are proud to work closely with Safeway to continue our mission of empowering consumers to manage their health by offering laboratory testing in a unique and convenient way through one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States. Customers can expect the same friendly services with the most accurate and up-to-date diagnostic capabilities, whether they have a doctor’s order for lab work or they’re shopping for a wellness health profile.”

A new Arizona law that went into effect July 3 allows people to order laboratory testing from a licensed clinical laboratory without a doctor’s request. This is referred to as direct access testing.

Why would people be interested in ordering their own lab tests?

Some may want to check their current health status, or maybe their insurance does not cover laboratory testing. Also, some people may want to see test results without involving their insurance company.

“Naturally we are pleased to help consumers play a more active role in managing their health,” said Sonora Quest Medical Director Robert Stern, M.D. “Direct access testing gives consumers more choice, flexibility and control over their own health in a convenient, efficient and confidential way.

“This empowerment gets even better for consumers when these tests and potential follow-up actions occur as part of a strong relationship between a consumer and his or her primary health care provider.”

Sonora Quest Laboratories, a joint venture between Banner Health and Quest Diagnostics (NYSE: DGX), is part of the nation’s largest integrated laboratory system.

The company has approximately 3,000 employees serving more than 23,000 patients daily throughout Arizona.