Patients will likely never see the inside of a hospital lab – but it’s a department that’s critical to the care they receive; 75 per cent of medical decisions our physicians and care teams make are based on lab results. And in some cases, those results are needed quickly to make life-saving decisions. In 2016, St. Joseph’s Health Centre and St. Michael’s Hospital made the move to join labs, creating an integrated system that improves turnaround times for tests and allows clinical knowledge to be shared across both sites, improving quality of care for patients at both organizations.
“The faster we can get results to our physicians, the faster treatment can begin for our patients,” said Dawn-Marie King, Integrated Director of Laboratory Services. “That’s why it’s important that we’re able to process specimens as quickly as possible – every minute counts to the people we serve.”
St. Joe’s and St. Michael’s process almost 8-million lab tests every year. The partnership is allowing for more on-site testing so that fewer samples have to be sent out to third party labs, saving time and reducing costs.
“By working together, we’ve been able to expand our areas of expertise and offer even more tests at the two sites,” said Dawn-Marie King, “and we’re constantly looking for more opportunities to expand our services.”
Our integrated lab system has more than 400 staff members who work 24/7 to support patients. The lab is split into five divisions which are broken down into a number of specialties, including the ones listed here:
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