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Compliance & Safety, General Information

Collection of extra blood samples: Does it make sense?

In the College of American Pathologists publication CAP Today the question was asked,  “Are there regulations guiding the practice of taking additional blood samples from a patient (in case additional testing is needed later) even though there are no orders for the blood samples?”  The limited literature on this topic has shown that inpatients (in those studies) have had up to 700 mL of blood collected during hospital stays. Thus we have to step back and ask: Does that make sense?

Read the response offered by David N. Alter, MD, DABCC, Clinical/Chemical Pathologist, Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory.


General Information

Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory Celebrates 5 years at 35 Michigan!

Construction of the 35 Michigan building

Construction of the 35 Michigan building

35 Michigan

35 Michigan after construction

On September 24, 2011, Spectrum Health Laboratory undertook a major change and moved the laboratory from Butterworth and Blodgett to a new space on the 6th and 7th floors of 35 Michigan.

The model changed from a two-lab system to a Core Lab at 35 Michigan (Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory) and an immediate response laboratory at Blodgett, creating what are affectionately known as SHRL and BIRL.

In addition to this major change, the lab implemented automation, increasing productivity and decreasing time to result. Continue Reading

Advanced Technology Laboratory, Cytogenetics, Flow Cytometry, General Information, Molecular Diagnostics

Advanced Technology Laboratory plays an important role in Oncology

Spectrum Health Regional Laboratory (SHRL) was featured on EightWest on WOOD TV8 on Tuesday, August 30, 2016. Dr. Stephanie F. Williams, Division Chief of Spectrum Health Adult Bone and Marrow Transplant, and Kim Collison, Director of Laboratory Services, talk about the importance and benefits of having SHRL’s Advanced Technology Laboratory right here in West Michigan.

The Advanced Technology Laboratory is “extremely important, particularly for patients with certain cancers…”

“It helps us to diagnose the patients faster and more accurately; to follow the progress of their disease during the treatments that we give, and even at times to guide us in what is the best treatment for a patient…”

“Within 2 hours we had the answer. We did not have to send that specimen out to another laboratory in another state.”

-Stephanie F. Williams, MD, Division Chief, Spectrum Health Adult Bone and Marrow Transplant