As a patient awaits the results of a tissue biopsy or cytology specimen, they rely on the knowledge and skill of the pathologist – a physician responsible for determining the results of the test. Pathology, the study of disease, is a fundamental aspect of diagnosis and treatment and an integral part of the Medical Center’s day-to-day operation. Results on specimens sent to the Good Samaritan Pathology Laboratory for diagnostic services are generally obtained in 20 – 36 hours and relayed to physicians in a timely manner.
Our full-time board certified pathologists, broadly trained in both anatomical pathology and clinical laboratory medicine and who also have varied subspecialty interests, staff the on-site Pathology Department at Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center. Everyday, pathologists render diagnoses on tissue samples obtained during surgery and other biopsy procedures. The pathologists also evaluate PAP smears and body fluids, as well as ensure high quality, cost-effective clinical laboratory testing.
A variety of ancillary tests are also performed, including tests for estrogen and progesterone receptors and Her-2/neu overexpression, which provides important prognostic information critical for management of patients with breast center. In addition, liquid-based ThinPrep Pap Smear testing for early testing of cervical cancer is currently available.
In addition, the Department serves as an optimal facility for physician and patients who require a second pathological opinion on prior surgery, biopsies or PAP smears. Seeking second opinions for results is encouraged throughout the medical community. The secondary review usually verifies the first diagnosis, but in some instances may result in a clinically significant disagreement, which will impact patient care. This information assists both the patient and the physician in the decision-making process and can often afford peace of mind in a confirmed diagnosis.
With their expertise, Good Samaritan pathologists offer a broad scope of services to area hospitals and physicians, as well as the patient in the community.
For more information, call the Pathology Department at (631) 376-3990.