Queen's Health Systems, Honolulu, and the Mayo Foundation, Rochester, Minn., are forming a new company to provide medical laboratory testing throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Queen's/Mayo Medical Laboratories of the Pacific will offer testing now unavailable in many Asian nations and will help those nations develop and improve their own health delivery systems.
Queen's provides laboratory testing in Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and other Pacific Island areas. The joint venture is looking at China and the Philippines as the first targets for new business and already has made contact with Chinese officials.
"This venture . . . is intended as an outreach program for each of our medical centers," said Robert Kisabeth, M.D., medical director of Mayo Medical Laboratories. "Our intention is not merely to sell the world tests. That's not caring for sick people. Our intention is to help them develop medical infrastructures, including laboratory services, that help them to become what they wish to become."
The company will use lab facilities of Diagnostic Laboratory Services, a joint venture controlled 90% by Queen's and 10% by Kuakini Health Systems, Honolulu.