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US Laboratories to lay off 71 and close St. Petersburg office

The layoffs result from lab closures that will eliminate 102 jobs in Pinellas and Broward counties.
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ST. PETERSBURG — TridentUSA Health Services is laying off 71 employees from its US Laboratories blood-testing center at 5501 49th Street N.

The company, which is based north of Baltimore, said in a notice to the state of Florida that it will close the St. Petersburg office and another lab in Dania Beach by Dec. 31, resulting in a loss of 102 jobs between the two labs. US Laboratories is one of several brands through which TridentUSA does business. A company spokeswoman did not respond to an inquiry from the Tampa Bay Times about the reason for the closure.

About two-thirds of those whose jobs are being eliminated at the two labs are mobile phlebotomists. Others include specimen processors, medical technologists, couriers, medical lab technicians and supervisors.

Nationwide, TridentUSA has more than 5,300 employees spread across 36 states and reports net revenue of more than $450 million. It provides diagnostics services to hundreds of thousands of patients in skilled nursing facilities, long-term hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation centers.

In September, federal prosecutors in Philadelphia announced an $8.5 million settlement with TridentUSA to resolve two False Claims Act lawsuits brought by internal whistle-blowers. In those cases, a different TridentUSA company, MobilexUSA, was accused of providing mobile X-rays to skilled nursing facilities at prices below its costs or below fair market value in exchange for the facilities referring lucrative Medicare and Medicaid business to the company.

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