The Rocky Boy Clinic Laboratory maintains quality laboratory testing for the most accurate diagnosis and treatments for the people of Rocky Boy. The laboratory staff is under the directorship of Dr. Nero, a pathologist (As required by Federal Regulation) with Yellowstone Pathology.
Fully certified staff include;
• David Cease - Lab & X-Ray Supervisor
The laboratory is the most heavily regulated department in the clinic. Federally mandated regulations governed by our accrediting agency, Cola, (Commission on Laboratory Accreditation) ensure that only quality results are released from this laboratory. The lab is regularly inspected and has been awarded the distinguished honor of the “Excellence Award” for many years. In addition, the laboratory participates and successfully passes nationally based proficiency testing several times each quarter to prove proficiency, quality and competency of the staff, equipment and internal processes.
Laboratory testing supports over 75% of the decisions made by health care providers for patient care. Diagnostic testing provides the tools necessary for the provider to determine disease processes ranging from diabetes, infections, heart disease, and more. Lab testing provides monitoring tools for medications to ensure the most accurate dosage. Through laboratory testing the correct antibiotic can be determined to treat disease processes.
Laboratory professionals are trained to analyze testing and testing processes. They must be able to recognize inconsistencies in testing, interfering substances, monitor and troubleshoot quality control and calibration values, evaluate patient reports for consistency and accuracy and apply to disease processes and maintain and troubleshoot analyzers and analyzer processes.
Laboratory services are available during routine clinic hours. Tuesday mornings are reserved for admin duties and mandatory equipment maintenance until 11 a.m.
The laboratory analyzes approximately 9000 tests monthly.
If your provider asks you to fast for lab work, please remember that this does NOT exclude water. All other beverages and foods must be refrained from to ensure the most accurate lab values.
PT/INR testing (for patients on Coumadin (blood thinner)) is available until 3pm daily.
If you need a copy of your lab results faxed to an outside provider, please inform the lab staff.