Clinical Laboratory Services

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Seton lab facilities improve patient care by providing safe, on-site testing for any disease or condition. The latest technology allows us to make test results quickly available to all appropriate staff, in a strictly controlled secure manner. Our lab services are fully accredited and licensed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the College of American Pathologists. We have the flexibility to deliver results and diagnoses in a variety of formats, including by fax and e-mail or directly to a printer, and we are open to serve our patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

 At Seton:

  • We provide clinical and pathology services 24 hours a day,
    seven days a week.
  • Board-certified pathologists oversee all aspects of our
    laboratory operations.

Seton’s Family of Hospitals’ Laboratories provide services in all subspecialties of laboratory medicine including:

  • Transfusion Medicine performs approximately 40,000 crossmatches per year. Approximately 36,000 transfusions were given in SETON facilities in 2003.
  • The Microbiology/Virology department performed more than 180,000 tests in 2003 to determine the causes of infectious diseases and to assist in directing appropriate antibiotic treatment for these infections.
  • The Hematology department performed more than 155,000 routine blood counts and more than 100,000 routine coagulation studies in 2003.
  • Clinical Chemistry departments offer a diverse menu of tests. Their work included approximately 115,000 basic metabolic profiles and more than 62,000 cardiac enzyme tests for 2003.
  • The Anatomical Pathology departments processed and analyzed approximately 40,000 surgical specimens and approximately 4,000 cytology specimens in 2003.
  • SETON Laboratories also coordinate and have oversight over all POCT (point-of-care-testing) that is done in the Network.
  • SETON Laboratories have an active community outreach service, which provides quality lab services for local physicians’ offices, Seton Community Health Centers and SETON’s EPN program.

Clinical laboratory scientists, also known as medical technologists or MTs, hold at least a bachelor’s degree in Medical Technology and must be certified by passing a national accreditation exam. Medical laboratory technicians hold at least an associate’s degree in Laboratory Science and must be certified by passing a national accreditation exam. Histotechnologists, histotechnicians and cytotechnicians are also all certified by the national accreditation agency. Clinical laboratory assistants must undergo rigorous on-the-job training and many also hold degrees in related life-sciences.