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Laboratory Services

The Highest Quality in Patient Care

Whether you are an inpatient, outpatient, employee or physician, you can count on receiving rapid and precise diagnostic services from Riverside Community Hospital's Anatomical Pathology & Clinical Laboratory Department. Our experienced team of Clinical Laboratory Scientists understand that an accurate diagnosis is critical to a patient's evaluation and treatment. With a full range of services - from bedside testing to outpatient and full-service trauma center laboratory testing - you can expect to receive the highest quality in patient care.

Riverside's Anatomical Pathology & Clinical Laboratory Department is a full-service laboratory with an extensive test menu to meet the changing needs within the community. The laboratory operates 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, and is available to outpatients Monday - Friday from 6:00am - 6:00pm, and Saturdays from 7:00am - 3:30pm.

Our Services

  • Hematology: Hematology is the study of disorders of the formed elements of the blood, such as anemia, leukemia and lymphoma, employing a variety of complex study tools, including molecular methodology.
  • Chemistry: This includes general chemical tests such as glucose, electrolytes, toxicology, therapeutic drug monitoring, trace element analysis, tumor markers, hepatitis and other infectious disease testing.
  • Coagulation: Blood clotting is a protective mechanism of the body against bleeding. Coagulation studies help clinicians make crucial decisions to control bleeding or to eliminate unhealthy clots that can cause damage. Most common tests include Fibrinogen, Prothrombin time, and PTT.
  • Microbiology: Clinical microbiology is the study, identification and antibiotic sensitivity of microorganisms known to cause infectious diseases. Clinical microbiology focuses on rapidly and accurately identifying microbial diseases found in blood and body fluids.
  • Blood Transfusion: Provides blood components for transfusion in addition to consultation for patients with immune hemolytic anemia, hemolytic disease of the newborn and specialized testing to ensure safe transfusions for patients with antibodies to red cell antigens.
  • Immunology: Immunology methods are used to diagnose a range of disorders of the immune system, as well as to evaluate malignant disorders of blood and lymphoid cells. Autoimmune disease such as HIV, infectious diseases, malignant lymphomas, as well as the response of the body to a variety of biological changes are studied.
  • Anatomical Pathology: Includes Surgical Pathology, Cytology, Histology, Rapid On-Site Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology and Frozen Section Services. The evaluation of body fluids and tissues from body sites such as lung, bladder, body cavities, central nervous system, gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, prostate glands, lymph nodes, thyroid, salivary glands and breast are used to diagnose benign and infectious processes, precancerous lesions and malignant diseases. Together, we help provide a definitive diagnosis in a timely manner to allow clinicians and oncologists to make necessary and appropriate treatment decisions for our patients.
  • Point of Care Testing: These tests are designed to be used at the bedside or near the site where the patient is located. This allows rapid test results with the potential to expedite medical decision-making. Some tests included are glucose, electrolytes, BUN, creatinine, blood gases, pregnancy, occult blood and urinalysis.

Quality Care is Number One

Providing quality patient care is our number one priority. Quality control measures are in place to evaluate all testing methodologies. Internal and external quality measure dashboards are reported to a variety of committees and regulatory agencies. Riverside Community Hospital's Anatomical Pathology & Clinical Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and the American Association of Blood Banks.

Expert Team

Our expert team of clinical laboratory scientists, cytotechnologists, histotechnologists, lab assistants, phlebotomists and office staff are highly-trained. Board certified Anatomical & Clinical Pathologists are also available for consultation at any time. Phlebotomy is performed only by persons licensed by the State of California to perform venipuncture, and all specimen analysis is performed by California-licensed Clinical Laboratory Scientists. Training and competency assessment for all staff members are required annually as per state regulations.