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Laboratory Services

Main Lab
706/774-7600

Outpatient Lab
First Floor, Outpatient Center
University Hospital - Main Campus
1350 Walton Way
706/774-7247
Hours: Monday-Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sunday, closed
Call 706/774-7600 for holiday hours.

University Outpatient Laboratory - Evans
447 North Belair Road
706/854-2178; Fax 706/854-2923
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays

University Outpatient Laboratory - South Richmond
3121 Peach Orchard Road, Suite 105
706/792/5044; Fax 706/792-5022
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Closed weekends and holidays.

University Outpatient Laboratory - Grovetown
925 Branch Court, Suite 401
706/396-1188; fax 706/396-1195
Hours: Please call

For information on outpatient phlebotomy services, click here.

General Information

University uses state-of-the-art laboratory technology to serve patients and physicians. The main lab is located on the third floor of the hospital, offering quick and accurate services to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of disease and the promotion of wellness. There are now two convenient outpatient locations -- one in University's Outpatient Center on the Main Hospital Campus and one in Professional Center 3 on the Evans Campus.

The laboratory employs more than 100 laboratory personnel and performs nearly 3 million tests annually. Seven board-certified pathologists also practice in University's lab. The lab has earned accreditations from The College of American Pathologist (CAP), The Joint Commission (TJC), The Clinical Lab Improvement Amendment, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The Georgia Department of Laboratory Licensure, and the American Association of Blood Banks.

The lab offers diverse services, including chemistry and hematology, microbiology and virology, blood bank services, cytology, histology, phlebotomy and outreach services.

Core Lab

The Core Laboratory is comprised of many disciplines. Testing and analysis is performed for Chemistry, Hematology, Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunology, Blood Gases, Electrophoresis and Flow Cytometry assays. Dedicated employees staff all shifts in order to provide 24-hour, seven-day coverage for our full-service laboratory.

The Core Laboratory performs 60 percent of all laboratory testing, and handles all STAT work required by the hospital and emergency department. The lab provides stat testing for cardiac and cancer services as well as critical care units, and is unique in providing clinical Flow Cytometry services for the community. Flow Cytometry is critical in the diagnosis of specimens to determine if malignant conditions are present and to assist in identification of the disease. The lab also measures and monitors the stages in HIV diagnosis and treatment.

The Core Laboratory also prepares and ships any esoteric testing that is not performed in the University Lab to other reference laboratories. It also provides services in an OR Lab to monitor patients during certain procedures.

Microbiology

The Microbiology Laboratory isolates microorganisms from patient samples to determine possible infection, which allows for timely and accurate treatment with antibiotic therapy. It performs approximately 100,000 tests per year on various sample types to determine the presence of bacteria and viruses. The Microbiology Lab is staffed with registered technologists with many years of experience working with bacteria. It uses the latest technology to diagnose infection and offer treatment options to physicians, and plays an integral role in the care of our patients at University Hospital.

Blood Bank

The Transfusion Service provides blood and blood components for patients undergoing surgery, babies in the neonatal intensive care unit, oncology patients undergoing chemotherapy and any other patient needing a transfusion. In a year, approximately 12,000 units of blood, 4,500 units of platelets (a component that helps prevent bleeding), and 5,200 units of Fresh Frozen Plasma (contains clotting factors) are transfused. The Blood Bank works with physicians to provide units for patients with special needs such as Irradiation, CMV status, and Leukoreduction. The Transfusion Service is staffed seven days a week, 24 hours a day, and is CAP and AABB accredited and licensed by the FDA and GDHR.

Outreach Services

University Hospital has an extensive Outreach Service that provides round-the-clock laboratory services for patients, physician offices, hospitals and long-term care facilities in and around the CSRA. The Outreach Laboratory also services the hospital, which allows the laboratory results to be stored on each patient’s hospital medical record. This continuity aids physicians and eliminates repeat testing.

Outreach Service has a staff of couriers, phlebotomists, processors, customer service representatives and technical support personnel to serve our customers. Experienced, certified phlebotomists staff drawing stations and offer various services. Therapeutic phlebotomies, tolerances and stimulation testing are available Monday through Friday by appointment. All other phlebotomy services can be done on a walk-in basis.

We would be glad to answer any questions you may have concerning laboratory testing. Please feel free to call anytime at 706/774-7600 or visit a drawing station when you or your family need laboratory service.

Cytology

The cytology section is a part of the Anatomic Pathology Department that provides rapid and cost-effective screening and diagnostic procedures Cytology is the actual study of cells from various organs of the body. Cytology examines cells shed from the cervix, tumors or other types of lesion; as well as body fluids, secretions or washings from other various body parts.

This section is staffed by three ASCP/CAP cytotechnolgists who screen and read more than 15,000 pap smears and 1,200 non-gynecology specimens annually. The cytotechs screen each pap for a wide range of disorders of the cells including cervical cancer and the detection of changes consistent with HPV, gonorrhea, chlamydia and herpes.

Histology

Histology is the preparation of body tissues for examination under the microscope by the pathologist to determine the cause of the disease or to determine the cause of death in autopsies. Every tissue that is removed from the human body through biopsy, surgery or autopsy is processed by histology technologists.

The pathologist responsible for tissue diagnosis heavily depends on the histotechnologist’s competence. The ability to consistently turn out high-quality, well-sectioned and well-stained slides on a wide variety of tissue requires skilled training in basic principles, experience and attention to detail.

The Histology staff includes six certified histotechs licensed by American Society of Clinical Pathologists Board of Registry, medical technologist and grossroom assistants. In addition to the technical portion of the histology lab, the department also includes four transcriptionists and one office assistant who are knowledgeable in medical terminology, transcription and office/secretarial duties.

Pathology

Seven private, independent pathologists who are board-certified in anatomic and clinical pathology direct the Pathology Department, which provides complete histology, immunohistochemical and autopsy services. Approximately 19,000 surgical specimens are processed annually, resulting in approximately 85,000 prepared slides. Relationships with several high-quality reference laboratories allow for completion of any special testing requirements that may be needed by the pathologist.

Reviewed: 8-27-13
Updated: 8-27-13

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