Laboratory Services at Great Plains Regional Medical Center consists of three primary areas: the Clinical Lab, Pathology and the Blood Bank.
The Clinical Lab
The Clinical Laboratory is staffed by a highly skilled team of pathologists, technologists and technicians who work together with the physicians to determine the presence, extent or absence of disease and provide data needed to evaluate the effectiveness of treatment.
Once a sample of tissue is taken from a patient it is sent to Pathology. By examining the tissue, the pathologist can determine if disease is present, or if it has spread, allowing the patient's physician to then decide the best course of treatment.
At Great Plains Regional Medical Center, three American Board of Pathology-certified pathologists provide medical direction for the department as well as provide consultation services for the physicians.
The Blood Bank
The Blood Bank is an area of the Clinical Laboratory that provides transfusion services. Transfusions are used to help patients who have blood loss due to an accident or surgery. Transfusions also can be given to patients who are no longer able to produce their own blood components due to a disease or therapy, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.
The Blood Bank at GPRMC receives all of its blood products from the Midwest Region of the American Red Cross, which conducts extensive testing to ensure that the blood is safe to be transfused.