Hospital’s lab continues to provide quality services for patients

PCH Lab tech Suzanne Thomason demonstrates the process of hematology
analysis where a complete blood count analysis is provided for patients, which monitors platelets, and tests for viral and bacteria infections. About 360 tests were completed at PCH last year, Thomason said,  adding, “It’s pretty standard.”

  The laboratory at Prairie Community Hospital (PCH) is proud to announce completion of the State of Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services annual state inspection. 

The laboratory received a rating of “No Deficiencies Identified” in its operation of a moderately complex level of laboratory testing.  The federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) was established to monitor the quality of laboratory testing, especially for testing being paid for by federal and state programs. Part of this program involves the analysis of “unknown” specimens three times a year for all the tests offered at this lab.  
PCH lab received a perfect score of 100 for the most recent (3rd quarter 2012) survey. The inspection also checks for compliance with rigid standards of the FDA, CDC, OSHA, and Clinical Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI).
  PCH’s Laboratory has regular hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Analysis is also available on an emergency basis 24 hours a day. 
Over two dozen physicians utilized lab results from the facility in 2012. Monthly, an average of over 90 area residents choose to get their laboratory testing done in Terry, saving time, travel, worry and inconvenience. Lab tests are accurate and results are promptly reported to the physician.   
The laboratory is equipped with state of the art instrumentation for chemistry, hematology, coagulation, and urinalysis testing.  Prairie Community Hospital Foundation has been valuable in making this happen. Analyses not available locally are tested at Billings Clinic in Billings and are transported daily by their courier service.
The lab is staffed by Suzanne Thomason, an American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) nationally certified Medical Laboratory Technologist (MT ASCP) and State of Montana licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS). Thomason was born and raised in Prairie County, is an alumnus of Terry High School, attended Montana State University in Bozeman, and interned at the 1,000 bed Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. She brings decades of experience in phlebotomy, inventory and equipment maintenance, laboratory testing, quality control and assurance, and infection control to PCH’s health care team.

Published January 16, 2013

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