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Central Processing

central processing Each specimen that enters our laboratory starts in the hands of one of our Laboratory Technical Assistants (LTAs). LTA are responsible for the following: registration/test order/cancellation, computer data entry, specimen processing and other pre-analytic duties.

The LTA staff is made up of 14 people, most of whom are college graduates, who are responsible for incoming hospital inpatient specimens as well as outpatient requisitions and specimens coming from our regional clients. Each LTA is required to have significant test knowledge and where to locate specific information on each test, and order accordingly. Each month, the laboratory receives 60,000 total lab requisitions (both electronic and paper). On average, we process 2,000 outreach requisitions and perform more than 5,000 tests each day. Our goal each month is to ensure that we handle each requisition and specimen with the utmost accuracy, quality and care.

Awards & Accreditations

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The first hospital laboratory in the United States to achieve Accreditation to the gold standard ISO-15189 Quality and Competence international standard in both Clinical and Anatomic Pathology.

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Other Awards & Accreditations

AABB Accredited

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Avera McKennan Laboratory is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).

FACT Accredited

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Avera McKennan Laboratory is accredited by the Foundation for Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).