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Friday, May 5, 2017

Medical Center Honors Lab Team, Busiest in Monroe County

Linda Carithers (seated) and Andrea Basto, MCOR labThe Medical Center celebrated last week's Medical Laboratory Professionals Week with a wonderful staff luncheon to honor its All-Star lab team of certified phlebotomists Linda Carithers (pictured at right, seated) and Andrea Basto.

According to Quest Diagnostics, the Medical Center at Ocean Reef’s laboratory is the busiest lab in Monroe County. So far this year, MCOR's laboratory has had 1,070 patient visits, a number which does not include the many “outside” orders that come in from visiting specialists.

The most common tests performed by the Medical Center's lab are "probably comprehensive metabolic followed by thyroid and urinalysis,” Carithers said.

The lab meets demands for hundreds of various blood tests and, using specialized equipment, performs many other in-house tests including strep, flu, urinalysis, lipids, basic metabolic and prothrombin (blood clotting measurement). Only these very specific in-house tests are allowed under the scope of the Medical Center's “waived laboratory” license.

The Medical Center’s lab setting is bright, All-Star Lab Team logo - click to learn morecheerful, and uniquely set apart from what patients experience in other parts of the county where wait times can be excessive. The efficient Medical Center team ensures that wait times are minimal even during the busy morning hours when fasting patients are first to arrive.

We thank Linda and Andrea for their hard work and dedication that make our lab the best lab in the county! Click the All-Stars logo at left to learn more about Medical Laboratory Professionals Week.


The Medical Center at Ocean Reef
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Key Largo, FL  33037

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