Physicians Automated Laboratory, a blood-testing company with three offices in Bakersfield, is now part of WestPac Labs after joining in January with two similar organizations outside the area.

PAL’s new sister companies are West Pacific Medical Laboratories, headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, and Central Coast Pathology Laboratory, based in San Luis Obispo.

WestPac is itself part of Austin, Texas-based Sonic Healthcare USA. WestPac’s corporate manager in Bakersfield did not return a request for comment.

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