Laboratory

McAlester Regional Health Center’s Laboratory provides necessary and valuable services to the hospital and patients. We’re open 24 hours a day, including weekends and holidays, to offer a continuum of service in variety of testing and results that can assist in diagnosis, and we’re licensed by the Oklahoma State Department of Health to collect legal Breath Alcohols and collect Legal Drug Screens. Our CAP (College of American Pathologist) Laboratory provides a full range of services to patients of all ages.

Scope of Services

Although you don’t need an appointment, physician’s order is required for any laboratory test, and most results are available to your physician the same day we collect your specimen. We understand that our patients have a variety of needs, so we provide a number of services, including:

  • Hematology                                       
  • Blood gases
  • Chemistry
  • Special chemistry
  • Immunology
  • Endocrinology
  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Mycology
  • Coagulation
  • Blood bank
  • Microbiology
  • Histopathology
  • Oral pathology
  • Cytology

For McAlester Regional Health Center’s Laboratory, the proof is in the numbers. From February 2015 to February 2016, the lab processed 156,896 requisitions, 238,277 specimens, and 346,188 orders. This averages to 28,849 tests being performed every month. Our laboratory provides a critical service, and is proud to assist so many patients in their healthcare needs.

Staff of Experts

Just as important as the services provided in our laboratory is our caring and professional staff. Consisting of our Medical Directory who is a board certified pathologist, an administrative lab director, 12 Medical Technologists who’ve all earned at least a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, 12 phlebotomists, one office manager, one phlebotomy supervisor, one cytologist, and two histologists, our staff is caring and qualified to bring you quality laboratory services.

Testing Information

Patients needing either a CMP (complete metabolic profile) or a LIPID Profile (Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL and LDL) should FAST (not eat for 8-12 hours) before having your blood drawn.  If you are having an MRI you will need to stop by the lab an hour before your procedure so we can do a BUN and Creatinine.

We make sure your kidneys will tolerate the contrast (dye).

Additional Services

Aside from servicing patients of our hospital, McAlester Regional Health Center’s Laboratory has partnered with nursing homes, physician’s offices, and other hospitals to be their laboratory of choice. Our goals include:

  • Up-front cash pricing
  • Become a reference laboratory
  • Expand our outreach
  • Offer in-home phlebotomy for home bound patients
  • Competitive pricing

For more information about McAlester Regional Health Center’s Laboratory, call 918.421.8174.