After months of speculation, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital has sold its lab-related outreach service line to Quest Diagnostics, which is scheduled to take effect July 1st. The draw station on Catherine Lane in Grass Valley will be closing June 30th, but the same services are available at a nearby Quest Patient Center on Sierra College Boulevard. Quest will take over the draw station in Penn Valley, as well as the one at the hospital Diagnostic Center. The sale also will mean layoffs of hospital employees, but a specific number was not available. Dignity Health, which declined recorded comment, said it would, quote, “make every possible effort to help employees who may not be hired by Quest find open positions within the Dignity Health system”. Hospital officials were also not available for comment. Dignity Health also said, in the statement, that, quote, “this will allow the hospital to invest more strategically in our core business of acute ambulatory care, which is necessary in the current health care environment”.