Influenza is currently widespread throughout the nation at epidemic proportions. During influenza epidemics, clinical assessment predicts the presence of influenza infection virtually as well as laboratory testing. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to perform viral testing on ambulatory patients who present with illness consistent with influenza before beginning antiviral treatment. Antiviral treatment for Influenza should be started as soon as possible to have a beneficial effect.
Shortages of supplies and medications frequently occur during Influenza epidemics. However, diagnosis of specific viral respiratory infection remains important for hospitalized patients.
Please follow the current recommendations:
- Limit availability of viral transport media at ambulatory sites.
- Emergency departments are to limit viral respiratory testing to patients expected to be admitted.
- Do not perform testing for test of cure.
Thank you for your support during this time. Please direct any questions to Laboratory Services via the “contact us” link above.
The new Spectrum Health Integrated Care Campus at Ada has laboratory services available.
7128 E Fulton St
Ada, MI 49301
Hours: Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Per the memo sent out July 2012, the Grand Rapids area laboratories will draw patients after hours on a limited basis at the Butterworth Hospital Laboratory location ONLY. We will serve patients with emergent laboratory needs with a direct physician request. The laboratory will be unable to accommodate routine walk-in patients outside of normal business hours.
The physician will need to call the Laboratory Call Center at 616-774-7721 to initiate the blood draw for their critical needs patient. Please be prepared to provide our Call Center with relevant information regarding the patient’s situation. You will also be asked to fax a written order to 616-391-3129, and should direct your patient to the Butterworth Admitting for the blood draw. Be advised that this process may take up to 30 minutes to complete the draw using our inpatient phlebotomy staff.
We request that all routine blood draws return to one of our convenient Outpatient laboratory locations during normal business hours. Most laboratory locations are open Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. We recommend that if there is a question regarding hours of operation to contact the draw site.
Effective November 5, 2017, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory will be implementing the Paris System for reporting Urine Cytology.
Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory’s Forensic Pathologists, Dr. Stephen Cohle and Dr. David Start, were recently recognized by Gift of Life Michigan. The Donation Champion Award was presented to the Kent County’s Medical Examiner office for its extraordinary dedication to make sure individuals and families wishing to donate were able to do so.
Effective November 5th, the following test order names will be modified. These changes have been made to enhance clarify regarding the testing performed. In all cases, prior Cerner names are set as aliases that direct to the new Epic order names.
Effective November 5, 2017, the 1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D test will have its name changed to Calcitriol (1,25-Dihydroxyvitamin D) in the Epic, Cerner and eSHare systems.
Effective November 5, 2017, all outpatient orders received via Epic or eSHare (i.e. electronic ordering) that are submitted as routine and drawn at Blodgett Outpatient Lab, cannot be changed from routine to STAT.
Effective November 5, 2017, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory will no longer be able to support custom reflex orders. Only reflexes that are defined in our Mandatory and Optional Reflex Testing list will be supported. These reflexes have been approved by our Pathologists, PhD’s and the Spectrum Health Medical Executive Committee. On November 5th, we will be undergoing a system change to Epic and with our new Laboratory Information System (LIS), custom requests for reflexes will not be available.