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Laboratory Services

 

The effect MMC's Laboratory has on the people of this community is quite evident when given the number of tests performed there. In one recent year alone our Lab personnel performed 483,425 tests of all types. The average breakdown of this incredible total is 21,000 outpatient, 16,000 inpatient and 3,000 emergency patient tests per month. The volume increases every year due to changes in research and diagnostic tests... the further the advancements in research, the more tests our technologists are asked to perform!

Medical Laboratory personnel are one of the largest groups of ancillary healthcare workers. MMC's Laboratory is operated by approximately 50 staff members including medical technologists, clerical staff, phlebotomists, and two pathologists; Dr. Allan Smith and Dr. Shuaib Okponobi. The Lab is staffed 24 hours a day by these highly trained individuals who work in various areas within the department.

According to Susan Smith, manager of Laboratory Services, "The purpose of the lab is to provide objective information to the medical staff to be used for the diagnosis and treatment of their patient. This information can be used by physicians to compliment their physical examination of the patient." Blood samples can provide information to physicians which can be obtained in no other way. The actual chemical composition of the blood and blood components can be measured to aid in prevention, treatment and management of illness or disease.

 


The Laboratory at MMC is made up of seven technical areas. These areas and their functions are as follows: 

Hematology (blood cell analysis)

Microbiology (growth of abnormal bacteria and fungus)

Blood Bank (match of donor units with patients in need of blood transfusions)

Pathology (diagnosis of abnormal, primarily cancerous, cells by processing tissues from surgery)

Chemistry/Special Chemistry (diagnosis and treatment by using serum to analyze chemical components and enzymes)

Serology/Immunology (detection of specific disease states by using antigen antibody reactions)

Urinalysis (conducting chemical and microscopic exams of urines for diagnostic purposes). 

Lab personnel also conduct toxicology screenings (drug tests) but usually send those samples out to another lab for confirmatory testing.

 


Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I have to register?

First we need to be sure that we have you properly identified with your information in our system. Often there are two or more people in our database with similar names. We need to take care not to bill the wrong person or put your results with the wrong person's records. We also will confirm that your insurance information is updated in our system so we can accurately bill your insurance.

*NOTE: Be sure to tell the registration clerk of all the departments you will be visiting, such as x-ray or lab. This will enable all tests and procedures done that day to be registered at the same time.


Why is it important to register for each visit to the lab, even if they are just days apart?

When registration records your information, they include the specific billing data needed for the particular test(s) being analyzed that day. During your next visit, your insurance information may not be different but the tests being performed are either different or another specimen of a repeated test. Our registration department must again record this specific information for correct billing.

Why can't I just drop off a specimen, even if it was collected at my doctor's office?

The specimen must be registered for proper patient identification and billing purposes. We have many patients in our database with the same or similar names, and we need to take special care to correctly identify each patient.

The specimen then needs to be taken to the lab to ensure it is acceptable. Occasionally the specimen is not labeled. We cannot accept a specimen that is not clearly labeled with a patient's name and date of collection.

*NOTE: Occult blood stool specimens may not be delivered by mail.

My doctor told me to collect a specimen at home, but I'm not sure I am doing it right. What should I do?

If you have any questions about how to collect a specimen or are in need of a collection container, please call our lab at (814) 333-5511. We would be glad to answer your questions. Proper collection prevents the need to recollect your specimen.

*NOTE: Stool specimens are not accepted in diapers.

Where do I deliver lab specimens?

You need to register before going to the lab. Then the lab specimen may be taken to the phlebotomy room at the main (upper) entrance of the Liberty Street facility or it may be taken to the lab at Grove Street. Grove Street lab is located on the basement level near the Registration Department.

If both areas are closed, the specimen may be delivered to our main lab located on the ground floor in the Liberty Street facility near the C&D elevators. Remember that all specimens must be labeled with patient name and date of collection.

How do I know if a test requires fasting?

If the test requires fasting, the number of hours required are written beside the test in parentheses.



How will I find out the results of my lab tests?

You must contact your physician for your lab results. We are normally not allowed to release the results to patients.



How do I get a copy of my results?

Because your results are confidential, they can only be released to your physician or to you personally. If you have pre-op lab orders for surgery at another facility, let us know you will be hand-delivering the results when you come to get your blood taken. We will have the results ready for you on the appointed day. If you want the results for any other reason, you must come to our lab and sign a release form. This form ensures that no unauthorized person has been given access to your test results.

What type of tests does the lab perform?
The Laboratory at MMC is made up of seven technical areas. These areas and their functions are as follows:

    Hematology (blood cell analysis)

    Microbiology (growth of abnormal bacteria and fungus)

    Blood Bank (match of donor units with patients in need of blood transfusions)

    Pathology (diagnosis of abnormal, primarily cancerous, cells by processing tissues from Surgery)

    Chemistry/Special Chemistry (diagnosis and treatment by using serum to analyze chemical components and enzymes)

    Serology/Immunology (detection of specific disease states by using antigen antibody reactions)

    Urinalysis (conducting chemical and microscopic exams of urines for diagnostic purposes)

Lab personnel also conduct toxicology screenings (drug tests) but usually send those samples out to another Lab for confirmatory testing.

When, and where, can I get my lab test collected?

Outpatient phlebotomy services are available at our Liberty Street facility.

The Liberty Street phlebotomy service is located just inside the main entrance and is open from 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and from 8:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday.


Contact Information

Outpatient phlebotomy services are available at Liberty Street and Vernon facilities.


The Liberty Street phlebotomy services is located just inside the main entrance and is open from 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and from 8:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday.

The Vernon Lab is located at Rt. 322 in Vernon Township. Hours are Monday through Friday 6:00am-2:00pm and Saturday 8:00am to 12:00pm.

If you have questions about a laboratory procedure, please contact our Laboratory Department at (814) 333-5511.


The Grove Street labs
are closed
.  

Please visit our other locations at Liberty and Vernon.

Laboratory Website

Our partners can visit the website for our Laboratory Department.
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http://lab.mmchs.org

Contact Information

Outpatient phlebotomy services are available at Liberty Street and Vernon facilities.

The Liberty Street phlebotomy services is located just inside the main entrance and is open from 7:30am to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and from 8:00am to 12:00pm on Saturday.
The Vernon Lab is located at One Vernon Place in Vernon Township. Hours are Monday through Friday 6:00am-2:00pm.
Vernon Lab  (814) 724-7011.

If you have questions about a laboratory procedure, please contact our Laboratory Department at (814) 333-5511.
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