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Laboratory Department

"There is nothing better than inspecting an 'excellent' laboratory," stated Jean Ball, MBA, MLT (ASCP), MT (HEW) and an inspector for the College of American Pathologists (CAP) during her two-day inspection of the CVRMC Laboratory facility. CAP is the leading organization of board-certified pathologists which serves patients, pathologist and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine. "Compliments to Dr. Sajit Vinayak (Pathologist), Traci Stewart (Lab Director) and her staff for getting it done at a very high level in both the patient care area and the regulatory requirements needed."

CAP is the provider of all components of quality management including quality systems, standard setting, technical procedures, and comprehensive and integrated programs. There are over 1600 checks, a blueprint of quality practices, a facility must go through to ensure excellence in patient safety and compliance. The CVRMC Laboratory only had 6 minor deficiencies. "The College of American Pathologists appreciates the service this lab gives to your patients. It is not very often we see a facility with this level of compliance," stated Jean Ball.

CVRMC Laboratory Department provides testing in Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, Urinalysis, Serology and Blood Bank. We also provide blood collection and drug screen collection services. During 2009, the laboratory collected blood from 14,299 patients and performed 343,728 tests. Laboratory test results constitute a significant portion of the patient's medical records and are vital to the diagnosis and treatment of illness and disease.

Examples of common laboratory tests include tests to detect anemia, diagnose diabetes or strep throat, or doing blood typing tests to provide a transfusion to an accident victim.

Professional Duties include operating computerized instruments, identifying abnormal cells, assuring safe transfusion of blood products, culture and identifying bacteria, and correlating test results with patient conditions.

Traci Stewart Heads CVRMC Laboratory

Traci Stewart is a United States Air Force Veteran where she gained experience through holding a non-commissioned officer position in charge of the Clinical Laboratory.
Community College of the Air Force in San Antonio, Texas is where Traci completed an Associates of Medical Laboratory Technician Degree. She has additional relevant coursework in business, leadership management, managerial communications, total quality management, computer applications, theory-practice of supervision, and Medical Laboratory training in microbiology, urinalysis, chemistry, blood bank, serology, hematology, and immunology. She also received her Bachelors Degree in Health Administration from Wayland Baptist University.
She has completed military training through Air Force courses PME CODE T, USAF NCO Academy, Global Medical Readiness Symposium, USAF Clinical Laboratory Symposium.