Frederick Health's Laboratory team consists of professionals operating
24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide quick and accurate test results.
The lab is equipped with leading-edge technology and analyzers, offering
comprehensive testing in the specialties of hematology, chemistry, microbiology,
histology, cytology and blood banking. The lab’s analyzers and information
systems interface with the Hospital’s main computer system and results
are accurately transmitted to the Hospital’s inpatient units and,
in many cases, directly to physician offices in a timely and effective
manner. Frederick Health Laboratory is licensed by the State of Maryland,
and is accredited by The Joint Commission to fulfill all laboratory testing
regulations of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Following are brief descriptions of some of the services offered by the lab:
Hematology - The study of the cellular components of the blood, including white blood
cells, red blood cells and platelets. Common tests are the CBC and the
H&H. For example these tests can indicate infection, anemia, or malignancy.
Chemistry - The study of the serum or plasma of the blood. Common tests include glucose,
cholesterol, potassium and creatinine. They can indicate diabetes, renal
disease, heart disease and other metabolic abnormalities.
Microbiology - The study of bacteria and viruses in the body. Cultures of blood, urine,
throat or wounds are performed to detect infections and determine the
best treatment plan.
Blood Bank - Blood typing and other tests are performed to “crossmatch”
patient’s blood with donor blood for surgery or transfusion.
Urinalysis - Analysis of physical, chemical and microscopic analysis of the urine.
The Laboratory Team
The collection, testing and results-reporting of specimens is a team effort
of many professionals in the laboratory including:
Pathologists - Physicians specializing in laboratory medicine, surgical pathology and
cytology who interpret and diagnose the changes caused by diseases.
Phlebotomists - Professionals who are trained to take blood samples and other specimens
Medical technologists - Clinical laboratory scientists educated and trained to analyze samples
to produce accurate and reliable test results.
Cytologists, Histotechnologists and Pathologist Assistants - Trained to process surgical and cellular specimens, and to assist with
the diagnosis of cancer and other diseases.
Frederick Health Hospital Laboratory Services Locations
In addition to the main laboratory at the Hospital, Frederick Health also
offers convenient patient service centers in Frederick, Urbana and Mt
Airy. Each of the patient service centers is staffed by laboratory professionals
and provides comprehensive collection services, including blood work for
pre-admission, outpatient surgery testing, or tests ordered by a patient’s
physician. All specimens collected at these sites are returned to the
Frederick Health Laboratory several times a day for analysis and testing.