About Us

What is the NorthEast Community Laboratory Alliance?

The NorthEast Community Laboratory Alliance (NECLA) is an affiliation of community-based hospital laboratories. Formed in 1996, NECLA operates in collaboration with Mayo Clinical Laboratories of Rochester Minnesota. Through a coordinated delivery system, NECLA is designed to support local and regional healthcare providers while also supporting each hospital member's outreach activities without limiting their primary loyalty to their hospital and its alliances.

  • Supports local and regional healthcare providers
  • Supports member hospital laboratories in their outreach efforts.
  • Shares tests to broaden coverage in order to obtain managed care.

Network Benefits

What are the community laboratory network benefits?

The NECLA network supports regional healthcare providers. NECLA also supports member laboratories in their outreach efforts. NECLA shares tests to broaden coverage and increase efficiency of locally performed tests

  • Provides support for development and enhancement of local outreach services.
  • More comprehensive test menu with over 97% of tests performed by local member facilities.
  • Improved continuity of care -
    • through electronic sharing of laboratory data among community providers
    • for both inpatient and outpatient visits, leading to decreased test duplication, enhanced administrative efficiencies and reduced length of stay.
  • Ability to take full advantage of laboratory information and to significantly reduce the episode-of-care costs.
  • More efficient resource utilization when testing is consolidated at specific laboratories.
  • Shared resources, marketing and technical consultation.
  • Network-wide educational programs.

    The fully integrated team approach provided by NECLA allows the delivery of true patient-centered healthcare. The benefits of community-based laboratories as compared to "non-community laboratories" are clear. NECLA provides high-quality, appropriate healthcare services.


Vision Statement

The vision of the NorthEast Community Laboratory Alliance is a proactive network of community-based laboratories committed to providing our customers with coordinated access to high quality, cost-effective laboratory services that improve the health status of our communities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the NorthEast Community Laboratory Alliance (NECLA) is to integrate laboratory services by collaboratively providing the right solutions to current and emerging needs, including:

  • Developing, sharing, and implementing disease management strategies to reduce overall costs and improve patient care.
  • Lowering unit costs by sharing, standardizing and integrating laboratory services.
  • Increasing revenues through enhanced outreach services.
  • Successfully competing for managed care contracts for laboratory services.

Meet the Future

How will NECLA effectively meet the challenges of the constantly changing healthcare environment? 

As we look to the future, major healthcare changes are inevitable. NECLA will meet these new challenges by continuing to be a progressive provider of quality laboratory services.  The healthcare environment requires communities to effectively manage the care of their patients. We are all challenged to improve quality, reduce waste and lower the overall cost of medical care.  NECLA and similar alliances around the country provide an effective and flexible answer to today's challenges. NECLA will respond creatively and intelligently to the healthcare demands of the future..

Managed Care

What can NECLA provide for managed care organizations?

  • Knowledge of the local healthcare community.
  • Quality laboratory testing.
  • Network-wide statistical data.
  • Access to client services 24 hours a day.
  • Easy contracting.
  • Documentation of outcomes.
  • Ability to implement and monitor disease management strategies.
  • Reduced length of stay

Local Benefits

How will community-based laboratory services benefit local physicians and their patients?


The combination of primary physicians, laboratory services and other healthcare providers working together creates a truly effective healthcare team and delivery system. This results in a higher standard of patient care - one that is appropriate, seamless, cost-effective and highly efficient.

  • Provide routine and STAT testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Implement clinically relevant testing strategies based on laboratory testing menus specific to the community.
  • Decrease turnaround time to eliminate repeat office visits and duplicate testing.
  • Integrate inpatient, outpatient and reference testing.
  • Provide access to comprehensive anatomic and clinical laboratory expertise.
  • Keep local dollars in the community.

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