E. J. Noble Hospital in Gouverneur has the go-ahead to do more lab tests on site.
The financially troubled hospital has been trying to get reorganized after the state Health Department shut down its laboratory over serious deficiencies last September.
The New York State Department of Health gave EJ Noble its approval to expand the menu of laboratory analyses that can be performed on site by the hospital's laboratory technologists and technicians.
The approval means caregivers and patients will be able to receive test results more quickly, speeding up diagnosis and treatment, especially for those receiving emergency care, the hospital said.
"This is a major step forward for E. J. Noble Hospital and our community," said Marlinda LaValley, E.J. Noble Hospital's new CEO, in a news release. "This approval was granted following a rigorous analysis by the State's laboratory experts and reflects the very hard work our staff members have done to establish quality protocols that meet the State's stringent requirements."
Tests now available at E.J. Noble Hospital include analysis of blood and urine samples to aid in the diagnosis of congestive heart failure, tests for the diagnosis and management of pancreatitis or other pancreatic diseases, drug and alcohol screenings, tests to determine abnormalities in pregnancy, screenings for heart and lung functioning as well as deep vein thrombosis and infections of the blood, and a host of other tests.
As part of a new comprehensive quality assurance and performance improvement program, E. J. Noble Hospital will file regular reports with the New York State Department of Health documenting its compliance with the state's quality standards.
To oversee this program, E.J. Noble has appointed Gregory Threatte, MD, to serve as the lab's medical director.
Dr. Threatte is chairman of the pathology department at the State University of New York's Upstate Medical University and also serves as medical director of the University's core laboratory.
With the State's approval, E. J. Noble Hospital has sent a required 30-day notice that will end its contract with Samaritan Medical Center for operation of the laboratory.
"We're grateful to Samaritan for being there to assist us when the need was acute," said LaValley. "With their help, we were able to keep the laboratory open and serving our patients and practitioners."
E. J. Noble Hospital's laboratory is open on weekdays 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 - 11 a.m. for blood draws.
No appointment is necessary and the hospital has established two areas for collection: one is located on the main floor near the Kinney Nursing Home, with a second stationed just inside the doors of the new hospital near the inpatient floor; the second station will open for collection the week of May 20.
For more information, patients and their caregivers should call 315-287-1000.