GCMH Lab Earns Deficiency-Free exam

People who depend on lab test results can depend on the Grundy County Memorial Hospital lab team to provide personal and prompt service - and the lab's recent state inspection demonstrated the lab's expertise, as well. Inspectors, conducting a bi-annual exam under the CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) standards, visited the lab recently for a day-long inspection. Laboratory Team Leader Eric Wenzel MLT says the exam was deficiency free, which means the examiners found no safety, quality assurance, or other variations within the lab’s operation. “The exam ensures that our processes and procedures adhere to best practice and meet CLIA standards, “ says Wenzel. “The inspectors tour our lab, observe our team performing their duties, and ask questions. They also examine our Standard Operating Procedures and operating manuals.” While the inspectors were impressed with the lab overall, they specifically mentioned how impressed they were with the capabilities of the new hematology analyzer that was purchased by the lab last year, with the help of the GCMH Foundation’s Annual Campaign.

“I’m very proud of these results! It verifies that members of the public who seek our hospital’s lab services can depend on not only a great patient experience, but adherence to the highest standards when their tests are performed,” says Wenzel. In addition to Wenzel, the lab team includes Michelle Walters, MLT, Amber Albers, MLT, and Morgan Benda, MLT. The GCMH lab performed a record 68,046 individual tests during the past fiscal year. The Lab is available without a prior appointment Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday mornings, 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.