The Laboratory Services department utilizes a variety of technologies and equipment to test patient samples in order to prevent, diagnose, treat, and manage disease.
The SouthCoast Health Clinical Laboratory plays an active and key role in assisting our physicians to diagnose medical problems and manage the overall health care of our patients. The satellite laboratories and phlebotomy services located in each of SouthCoast Heath primary care offices supplement our main full service laboratory in Savannah.
SouthCoast Health takes pride in the fact that with the aid of high-speed state-of-the-art equipment, 1.5 million tests are performed each year and are available for physician review via our electronic medical record system. This online feature provides the physician with immediate access to laboratory test results and is particularly beneficial to physicians and patients because it not only reduces turn-around-time, but leads to quicker diagnosis and faster treatment of illnesses. In addition, automatic trending analysis is available to physicians for patients who have laboratory testing performed through the SouthCoast Health laboratory on a regular basis. This is an important tool for diagnosis and treatment of diabetes, prostate cancer and other types of illnesses.
The highly skilled and experienced laboratory staff provides, in most cases, less than 24-hour turnaround time for laboratory results. When necessary, the laboratory staff is able to provide “STAT” test results. Results with critical or special importance are communicated directly to the physician. This one-on-one contact with SouthCoast Health physicians enables the laboratory to run additional tests or re-run tests of previously received samples, if requested. The extensive range of laboratory services is a reflection of the staff’s focus on ensuring physician satisfaction as well as enhancing patient care and convenience.