Saint Mary’s Clinical Laboratory
Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center’s Clinical Laboratory Department provides our physicians and the Patient Care Services staff with the information to provide diagnoses and treat patients. Saint Mary’s Lab continues to acquire and implement some of the latest technology to service the practice needs of our physicians.
Personnel have been trained to perform their jobs. The Lab currently employs about 17 full time employees. The staff is composed of professional personnel who include Medical Technologist, Medical Laboratory Technicians, Phlebotomist, and a coordinator. As a part of the team at Saint Mary’s Regional Medical Center, these persons acquire and analyze patient specimens in a tightly controlled professional environment, prior to reporting the test results to the physician as soon as possible through well designed systems, which include a highly sophisticated information system.
Testing is performed in the areas of: Hematology, Chemistry, Special Chemistry, Microbiology, Serology, Urinalysis and Blood Banking.
All testing is performed only at the written request of a physician. When coming for testing it is required that you bring a Lab Requisition signed by your physician to include a test ordered and a narrative diagnosis.
Some tests do require fasting for accurate results. If the testing includes a glucose level you should fast at least 6 hours prior to your test. If the testing includes cholesterol and triglyceride levels you should fast 12 hours prior to your test. Fasting for these purposes is defined as abstinence from food and drink (water is permissible when consumed in small quantities.)
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is an internationally recognized program and the only one of its kind that utilizes teams of practicing laboratory professionals as inspectors. Designed to go well beyond regulatory compliance, the program helps laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care. The laboratory at Saint Mary’s is CAP accredited.
The program is based on rigorous accreditation standards that are translated into detailed and focused checklist requirements. The checklists, which provide a quality practice blueprint for laboratories to follow, are used by the inspection teams as a guide to assess the overall management and operation of the laboratory. Click here to learn more about how Pathologists contribute to your health.