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Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Advanced Technology in a Comfortable Environment
SOMERS POINT—Whether it’s a quarterly cholesterol test or annual blood work, Shore Memorial’s Outpatient Diagnostic Testing Centers—located in Somers Point, Ocean City, Egg Harbor Township and Mays Landing—provide convenient laboratory and diagnostic imaging services to meet the community’s healthcare needs.
As physicians place more emphasis on preventative healthcare, outpatient testing to check blood glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides, and other conditions is becoming a regular part of healthcare. In 2007, over 53,000 people visited one of Shore Memorial’s Outpatient Diagnostic Testing Centers.
“Specific tests ordered by the physician will vary according to the individual patient based on his or her health background and family history. However, most physicians prefer that their patients at least have an annual cholesterol screening,” says Fran Morrison, administrative director of planning and project development at Shore Memorial.
Shore Memorial’s Clinical Laboratory has testing capabilities to provide full blood chemistry and coagulation studies, cancer cell testing, microbiology, urinalysis, therapeutic drug monitoring and more. Additionally, the Department of Laboratory Medicine is accredited by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The hospital is one of over 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide to receive this distinction, which demonstrates the laboratory’s complete compliance with the quality standards established by CAP and the Joint Commission.
Despite the regularity of most outpatient testing procedures, Shore Memorial employees understand that some tests can make others feel uneasy or nervous. The phlebotomists, technologists and support staff at the hospital’s outpatient testing locations are trained to perform their jobs professionally and accurately while still providing a caring touch.
“We understand that having blood drawn or getting an x-ray can be an anxious experience for some people,” says Morrison. “At all of our outpatient facilities, we do everything possible to create a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere for our patients to reduce anxiety and help them get on with their day as soon as possible.”
Morrison also suggests the following testing tips for a more pleasant experience:
- Follow all pre-test instructions
- Be sure to arrive on time if there is a scheduled time for the procedure
- If you are not fasting, come later in the day. Late mornings and afternoons are generally less busy times.
- Bring your prescription for the test, insurance referral (if required), insurance card and identification
Most major insurance plans are accepted at all outpatient facilities. Walk-ins are welcome, but some exams may require an appointment. Call your preferred location beforehand to verify hours and services offered.