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GCMH celebrates national medical laboratory professionals week

April 22, 2012
Reinbeck Courier

The Grundy County Memorial Hospital will be celebrating National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, April 22 28, 2012. This week allows laboratory professionals an opportunity to call attention to the vital contributions they make to healthcare. The theme for the week is "Laboratory Professionals Get Results." And get results they do. Laboratory test results comprise about 70% of a patient's medical record. Medical diagnoses and treatment decisions depend on timely and accurate test results. Working behind the scenes, laboratory professionals are a critical component of the healthcare team.

The GCMH laboratory is a full-service lab accredited and rigorously inspected by both the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Federal) and the Department of Health & Human Services (State). Tests performed at the GCMH Lab include; blood transfusion services, chemistry analysis, hematology, coagulation and urinalysis testing. Tests not performed at GCMH are normally sent to Allen Memorial Hospital. The technicians performing testing at GCMH have either an Associates or Bachelors degree and are certified. The GCMH lab is open for outpatient services Monday Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 7:00 a.m. to noon.

"Laboratory technology is constantly changing, and at GCMH we are fortunate to have an excellent laboratory staff as well as state-of-the-art equipment to provide efficient, quality services," says Eric Wenzel, GCMH Lab Manager. "We recognize that our patients are our customers, and work with them towards their good health. We are proud to serve the community and look forward to continued success and growth."

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GCMH lab professionals – Heather Jensen, Amber Albers, Michelle Walters and Eric Wenzel, Lab Manager.

The GCMH Lab personnel include; Dr. Kent Nickell, MD, Lab Director; Eric Wenzel, Lab Manager; Medical Lab Technicians: Michelle Walters, Heather Jensen, Amber Albers, Charla Nefzger; Barbara McLavey, Allen Technical Consultant, and Allen Memorial Hospital technician, Al Woodley.



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