The Laboratory at Orange Regional Medical Center provides support in the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of patients. The laboratory operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and offers a comprehensive range of routine and specialty lab tests and services in the areas of:
- Blood bank
- Anatomic pathology
Testing results are integrated into the computerized electronic health record, which is accessible to health care professionals both inside the hospital and in the community, yet safely monitored to ensure the privacy of your health records.
An estimated 70% of all decisions regarding a patient's diagnosis and treatment, hospital admission and discharge are based on laboratory test results.
Strict quality control and quality management systems are required in our facilities in order to ensure the highest quality in patient care and the accuracy of our testing.
As all clinical labortatories in the United State, the Laboratory at Orange Regional is regulated by the federal government under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). We are also regulated by the New York State Department of Health Clinical Laboratory Evaluation Program and accredited by the Joint Commission, whose regulatory requirements meet or frequently exceed those of CLIA. The Laboratory participates in frequent unannounced inspections and proficiency testing to ensure that all regulations are maintained at all times.
Staffed with Skilled, Educated Laboratory Professionals
The Laboratory is staffed by skilled and educated professionals who are responsible for collecting specimens and conducting the tests that provide the health care provider the critical information to make treatment decisions. Sophisticated analyzers and techniques are used to analyze patients’ samples, such as blood, tissues, and other body fluids.
Laboratory professionals go through extensive education, training, licensing, continuing education, and competency requirements in order to provide the highest level of care. Many have advanced degrees and special certifications to provide the Laboratory with strong leadership.
The Medical Director for the Laboratory has the overall responsibility of ensuring quality in the Laboratory with active, ongoing participation in the Laboratory’s operations in full compliance with all regulations. The performance of the Medical Director is subject to peer review by accrediting organizations, the medical board and, finally, the governing board of ORMC.
We encourage you, our patient, to take part in your care. Please don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you have concerns or do not understand something about your diagnosis or treatment plan, let us know and ask questions. Before, during, or after your laboratory testing, results review, and diagnosis:
- Ask your health care provider to explain your laboratory tests and results to you to keep you involved in your treatment.
- Check with your health insurance provider to see which Laboratory will be performing your testing.
- If you have a prescription for blood testing, ask your provider if there are any special requirements, such as fasting, prior to your blood draw.
- Ensure that the person that collects your specimens labels the sample in your presence and verifies your name and date of birth to prevent errors.
Receiving Test Results
At Orange Regional Medical Center, we have the capability to electronically deliver your test results to your physician via our GE IntegradWeb Picture Archive Computer System (PACS) which uses advanced technology to aid in fast diagnosis. Once images are taken, they are immediately available for review by your doctor through our secure Web viewer on any computer with an Internet connection.