Muleshoe Area Medical Center
Preferred, the company that leases Muleshoe Area Medical Center (MAMC) from the Hospital District, recently invested well over $100,000 to replace and upgrade the hospital’s chemistry analyzers.
The equipment — Roche Cobas c-311 & e411 — are being installed in the MAMC laboratory department and will soon be fully operational.
“Having the latest laboratory equipment places our department at the forefront of new technology,” noted Joanie Grimsley, BSMT (ASCP), laboratory manager, “and allows us to continue to provide our patients with the highest quality of care.”
The six professionals who staff the laboratory at MAMC sometimes go unnoticed, but the role they play is vital to the diagnosis and treatment of disease at the hospital, emergency department and clinic.
“We perform an estimated 92,000 laboratory tests on tissue, blood and other body fluids each year,” said Grimsley. “Some of the more common tests we perform help providers determine whether or not patients have diabetes, high cholesterol, or infections. But other tests can be critical to determining the cause of abdominal or chest pain,” she explained.
Other members of the laboratory staff include: Joan Talley, Medical Laboratory Technician, Antonio Lawas, Medical Technologist, Anna Lopez, Medical Laboratory Technician, Senaida Buenrostro, phlebotomist-Clinical Laboratory Assistant and Marivel Quintanillia, phlebotomist
While education requirements differ, laboratory technologists and medical laboratory technicians perform overlapping functions, including preparation of specimens, operation of automated laboratory analyzers and performance of manual testing.
Each tech along with the Phlebotomists, draw blood samples from patients, collect other body samples and also prepare specimens for medical testing.