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American Esoteric Laboratories is awarded Preferred Plus Network Status for Clinical Laboratory Services with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

AUSTIN, Texas, March 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- American Esoteric Laboratories (AEL), a division of Sonic Healthcare USA (Sonic Healthcare), has announced that AEL is now a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSAL) Preferred Plus Network laboratory across the state of Alabama. 

AEL is one of three laboratory service providers that have been awarded this designated status with BCBSAL, providing coverage to more than 1.5 million people in Alabama.  AEL provides comprehensive laboratory services in the Mid-South region of the United States and Alabama, including an extensive network of local services.  This new expansion of coverage recognizes AEL's strong medical leadership philosophy that values local continuity of care for patients and provides for comprehensive and responsive laboratory services together with innovative technologies to support physicians and healthcare providers. 

"Having AEL as a Preferred Plus Network Laboratory is a significant win for the community, giving covered members additional provider choice and broader access to our local clinical laboratory services and patient service center network.  AEL is committed to supporting the Alabama community, and believes in the value of keeping medicine local," said David Smalley, PhD, President, AEL.

"AEL is ready to provide unparalleled service and capabilities to providers across Alabama. Our unique medical leadership model focuses on an unwavering commitment to patient care and an ongoing alliance with healthcare providers.  Our success is predicated on being an integral and collaborative partner with the local medical community, a formula which is deeply embedded into our operating philosophy," said Jerry Hussong, MD, Sonic Healthcare USA's Chief Executive Officer.

About Sonic Healthcare USA

Sonic Healthcare USA is a subsidiary of Sonic Healthcare Limited, one of the world's largest medical diagnostics companies, providing laboratory services to medical practitioners, hospitals and community health services, with operations in eight countries, on three continents and providing care to over 100 million patients each year. Sonic Healthcare USA is a leading provider of state of the art laboratory services throughout the USA with nine operating divisions and over seven thousand US based employees. Sonic Healthcare USA utilizes a federated business model that emphasizes medical leadership and community based testing services to provide outstanding quality and service to the doctors and patients that they serve. For more information, visit the Sonic Healthcare website at www.sonichealthcareusa.com.

About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has insured Alabamians for 82 years.  Blue Cross offers coverage plans to corporations, individuals and the senior market.  For more information about Blue Cross, visit AlabamaBlue.com.  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. 

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dlsmalley@ael.com

512.439.1653

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