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HAMC Lab Team achieves outstanding inspection results

July 19, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

On July 10th & 11th the Heart of America Medical Center Lab had their Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) inspection. This is a two-day inspection conducted by the state of North Dakota every two years. Upon completion of this inspection, the HAMC lab was informed that the state had found zero deficiencies. "Our inspector was very pleased. It's incredibly difficult not to have a deficiency. They will work to find one or two (or more) things for us to correct or improve upon" says Brekka Belisle, Medical Technologist at HAMC.

During the two day inspection the state meticulously surveys every aspect of the lab. They look for errors in the blood bank, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, etc..., quality control out of range, implementation of new tests, failure to retain records, incomplete procedure manuals, expired reagents, improper storage of lab supplies, and equipment maintenance to name a few.

HAMC has a full service laboratory offering routine chemistry testing such as blood sugar, cholesterol/lipid panels, liver and kidney function, cardiac testing, hematology that includes blood counts such as white and red blood cell levels, hemoglobin and platelet counts, therapeutic drug monitoring, blood banking, urinalysis, drug screening, microbiology (cultures that grow the bacteria which reveals what antibiotic to use), coagulation testing (blood thinner medication monitoring).

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Left to right: Kathleen Canta, Debbie Knain, Tracy Skaar, Kim Skar, Ruth Stanley, Brekka Belisle, Sharon Ngaleo.

The lab staff consists of Debbie Knain, department manager; Ruth Stanley, Kim Skar, Brekka Belisle, Sharon Ngaleo, Kathleen Canta, who are all medical technologists, and Tracy Skaar, who is the phlebotomist/secretary.

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