Quest Diagnostics and Cary Medical Management are teaming up to provide quality and cost-effective diagnostic services at Rocky Mount Family Medical Center, a primary care facility in Rocky Mount.

As part of the collaboration, Quest Diagnostics, a leading provider of diagnostic information services, plans to open a patient service center and rapid response lab adjacent to Rocky Mount Family Medical Center in the third quarter of 2021.

The rapid response lab will be the first for Quest in eastern North Carolina, aiming to provide quality outcomes and fast turn-around times.

“We are excited about our partnership with CMM to help improve the quality of care in Eastern North Carolina,” said Alan Myers, vice president and general manager of the south region for Quest Diagnostics. “Our work with CMM is critical to addressing the growing need for quality health services in the region.”

Cary Medical Management provides the foundation for the practice that will allow Rocky Mount Family Medical Center to operate more efficiently and ultimately reduce costs for both patients and providers. Quest offers industry-leading and innovative testing services, a larger network of conveniently located patient service centers, broad health plan coverage and competitive pricing.

“Many clinics use in-house clinical lab services, which results in higher costs due to lack of scale,” said Dr. Siu Tong, chief executive officer at Cary Medical Management. “Our goal for this collaboration is to leverage Quest’s scale and expertise to take that burden off primary care facilities, while keeping lab services local. This allows for fast turn-around times and will empower RMFMC to focus on what it does best — caring for its patients.”

Quest and Cary Medical Management plan to further expand across the state with the addition of more patient service centers and rapid response labs to increase access to diagnostic testing services.

Established in 1983 by Dr. Richard Michal, Rocky Mount Family Medical Center was acquired in March by the Cary-based medical practice Generations Family Medical Practice, with Cary Medical Management providing technology and administrative services to both practices.