Clinical Laboratory Services

Ascension Seton lab facilities improve healthcare 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 cross-matches per year.
  • The Microbiology/Virology department performs tests to determine the causes of infectious diseases and to assist in directing appropriate antibiotic treatment for these infections.
  • The Hematology department performs routine blood counts and routine coagulation studies.
  • Clinical Chemistry departments offer a diverse menu of tests. Their work includes basic metabolic profiles and cardiac enzyme tests.
  • The Anatomical Pathology departments process and analyze surgical specimens and cytology specimens.
  • 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, Ascension Seton Community Health Centers and Ascension 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.