CALAIS—Once again Calais Regional Hospital’s clinical laboratory passed an inspection by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “They are the one group that every single lab in the United States must get a certificate of some type to operate from,” said Peter Martin, CRH Laboratory Director.
The CRH laboratory team works hard, and takes great pride in their ability to provide accurate information for our providers to diagnosis and treats our patients. In addition, they keep everything updated and ready for review. This inspection resulted in the CRH laboratory again passing with no deficiencies. Accreditation certifies the laboratory’s adherence and commitment to quality standards in ensuring accuracy, reliability and timeliness of patient test results.
Martin said that the lab provides up to 80 percent of all information the physician needs to make a proper diagnoses. “We do the testing on blood and body fluids,” he said.
Over the years, the hospital has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in state-of-the-art equipment that includes a chemistry analyzer that scrutinizes just about everything. “It analyzes everything from blood glucose, to cholesterol, to how your liver and pancreas are working. How your muscles are working and how well your heart is doing,” Martin said. The lab runs upwards of 40 tests or more on average on the machine. “That is our work horse,” he said of the analyzer.
Martin said the lab does send some tests to a reference lab “Some of the tests we don’t do that often. So sending it to them increases the volume they can do and they can do it for less money than we can do it. So we are helping to control health-care costs by making decisions on where we can get the best service,” he said.
The clinical lab operates 24-hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by 11 medical professionals that include medical laboratory technologists, technicians and phlebotomists. The facility uses the latest in modern technology to help with emergency, surgery, inpatient and outpatient monitoring.