Two Big Anatomic Pathology Groups Will Merge in Washington State

Goal is to maintain community pathology services while expanding subspecialty pathology expertise to offer more laboratory testing services to physicians

Two of Washington State’s largest anatomic pathology  groups announced their intention to merge earlier this week. When completed, the combined pathology supergroup will number 36 board-certified pathologists and will have large histology laboratories in both the western and eastern regions of Washington.

The merger will bring together the pathologists of InCyte Pathology of Spokane with Eastside Pathology Incorporated of Bellevue. Although InCyte has 25 pathologists and Eastside has 11 pathologists, leaders at both pathology groups told Dark Daily that each group considers this a merger of equals. This is one key to understanding why this merger is happening. (more…)

Strategies to Protect the Key Assets of Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups

Lab-savvy lawyers tackle overlooked issues involving non-compete covenants, protection of client lists, and effective partnership agreements

Unbeknownst to many owners of clinical laboratories and pathology groups, several developments have created new risks for the most important business assets of these organizations. Experts involved in legal and financial consulting for laboratories advise their clients to take definitive steps to prevent direct loss or any significant erosion in the value of these valuable business assets.

Too often, laboratory owners and the pathologist-partners of group practices find the value of their business needlessly reduced because they failed to take simple—but necessary—actions to fully protect their assets. That is not surprising, because many of a laboratory’s highest-value assets are represented by contracts with employees and partners, agreements on trade secrets, non-compete covenants with executives and sales representatives, and even something as basic as employee handbooks.


Revisiting September 1999: Big Lab News Was AML’s Merger with APL

It was The Dark Report’s headline story ten years ago this month!

Introducing a new feature: Ten Years Ago in The Dark Report
To give Dark Daily readers better context about unfolding events in the laboratory industry, we are pleased to introduce this feature which will appear regularly. Each month, we will dive into our archives and share with you the key events of ten years ago, along with an update to those companies and laboratory executives.

American Medical Labs Merges with Associated Pathologists Lab in 1999

In its September 20, 1999 issue, The Dark Report disclosed that Las Vegas-based Associated Pathologists Laboratories (APL) would be merging with American Medical Laboratories (AML) of Chantilly, Virginia. This bi-coastal merger created the third largest commercial laboratory organization in the United States.