The laboratory at Norton Sound Regional Hospital is Joint Commission Accredited. The staff includes Phlebotomists, Medical Laboratory Assistants, Laboratory Informatics Specialist, Point of Care Technicians & Assistants, Medical Laboratory Technicians, Medical Laboratory Scientists/Medical Technologists, Point of Care Administrator, Laboratory Manager, and a Laboratory Director. The Laboratory also employs Commissioned Corps Officers from the United States Public Health Service. The laboratory works 24 hours Monday – Friday and covers weekends to ensure that the hospital’s diagnostic needs are always taken care of.
The laboratory supports an inpatient unit consisting of 16 beds, an outpatient clinic, and the on-site 24 hour Emergency Department. This laboratory also supports the 15 village clinics and village health services with both supporting and providing point of care testing consistent with the hospital program and accepting specimens sent in each day. The laboratory participates consistently with the rotation of the outpatient clinic specialty clinics to facilitate best patient care for Alaskans. Norton Sound Health Corporation’s Long Term Care Facility Quyanna Care’s laboratory needs are also taken care of by the hospital Clinical Laboratory.
The 2013 open date of the new hospital laboratory included state-of-the-art instrumentation and new on-site testing to obtain better turnaround time and provider satisfaction. The on-going training and facilities allow for the Norton Sound Laboratory to continue exceeding industry standards. The laboratory participates in annual proficiency testing through the American Proficiency Institute. The Laboratory and Point of Care Department are inspected and accredited by The Joint Commission and COLA.