Laboratory Services

Welcome to the Laboratory Department

The mission of the Clinical Laboratory of Monroe Surgical Hospital is to provide the highest quality care with outstanding values and superior customer service. Clinical laboratory results influence 70% to 80% of all medical decisions made by health care providers. Monroe Surgical Hospital Laboratory’s testing services provide clinical value and build knowledge that can lead to earlier detection, diagnosis and more effective treatment through efficient and accurate testing.

Routine outpatient hours are 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The laboratory is closed on Saturday and Sunday for outpatients.


Monroe Surgical Hospital Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Under the direction of our Board Certified Pathologists, licensed medical technologists perform testing on blood and body fluids to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of illness.

Laboratory Services

Testing and services available through the Clinical Laboratory at Monroe Surgical Hospital include:

  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Coagulation
  • Urinalysis
  • Serology
  • Blood Bank / Transfusion Services
  • Point-of-Care Testing
  • Reference Lab Testing referrals
  • Pathology & Cytology
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy & Fine Needle Aspiration

Laboratory Results

Results of test procedures processed on site at Monroe Surgical Hospital Laboratory are reported to the health care provider the same day during regular business hours.

Core Laboratory

The Core Laboratory of Monroe Surgical Hospital consists of the Chemistry, Hematology, Urinalysis, Serology and Coagulation departments. The laboratory utilizes state-of-the-art technology including automated analytic systems and information management systems to provide quality testing and rapid results for health care providers.

Chemistry tests

  • Profiles include:
    • BMP
    • CMP
    • Renal
    • Liver (Hepatic)
    • Lipid
    • Thyroid
  • Other individual tests:
    • CPK, Amylase, Phosphorus, Magnesium, CRP, Free T4

Hematology tests

  • CBC with platelet (without diff, with auto diff, or with manual diff [if specific criteria are met])
  • Sed Rate

Coagulation tests

  • Protime (PT) with INR
  • PTT

Urinalysis tests

  • Urinalysis, dipstick (no microscopic)
  • Urinalysis with microscopic (if specific criteria are met)

Kit Tests

  • Serum and Urine pregnancy test
  • Occult Blood
  • Influenza A & B
  • Covid-19 Rapid Antigen Test

Blood Bank / Transfusion Services

The Blood Bank at Monroe Surgical Hospital performs routine blood typing, antibody screening and compatibility testing to support the transfusion needs of the surgical and medical services of the hospital. Packed red blood cells, platelets, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate are the blood products that are provided from LifeShare Blood Center for patient use.

Point-of-Care Testing

As laboratory testing devices become increasingly smaller and easier to use, lab tests can now be done more frequently at the point of care (the patient’s bedside). Common point-of-care tests (POCT) at Monroe Surgical Hospital are blood glucose and arterial blood gas.

All waived and POCT done at Monroe Surgical Hospital, which are used to provide information for screening, diagnosis, prevention of any disease or impairment, meet all regulatory requirements of our accrediting agencies. The responsibility to oversee and monitor regulatory compliance of the POCT program is the responsibility of the Clinical Laboratory Medical Director.

Pathology & Cytology

The Pathology & Cytology department offers services for all types of specimens, including tissue, bone and body fluids, to provide accurate diagnostic information to the physician.  Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy are performed by appointment by the pathologist. The pathologist is also available to assist with scheduled Fine Needle Aspirations.

Referral Testing

Monroe Surgical Hospital Laboratory will refer specimens to licensed and accredited referral laboratories only for test procedures not available on site. The name of the laboratory actually performing the examination will be indicated on the laboratory report form.