Pocahontas Memorial Hospital’s Clinical Laboratory provides laboratory testing 24 hours a day, seven days a week and testing is not restricted to just hospital patients. The Lab is staffed by five full-time employees and three per diem employees who are eager to perform tests for anyone in the community who has a need and a referral order from a medical provider.
Kathy Irvine is the laboratory manager and has been with PMH for 31 years. Serving as assistant manager is Joyce Doss, who has been with PMH for 29 years. Elias Pollack, Whitney Fedak and Brandy Sharp round out the full-time team.
The lab provides testing in the areas of Chemistry, Hematology, Urinalysis, Microbiology, Transfusion Services and Serological testing procedures. In 2011, 168,736 test procedures were processed in-house. This represented an increase of 65.9% from the previous year. Transfusion Services provided 62 units of blood to 29 patients.
The lab is very proud to be able to offer same day test results, which can be sent directly to the provider electronically. Critical results are called to the provider’s office so they can respond, as soon as possible, with necessary care.
The PMH Laboratory staff takes great pride in its work and strives to provide an important service to citizens of the community with accurate and timely results.