Updates from the Providence Medford Medical Center Laboratory

August 06, 2012
Updates from the Providence Medford Medical Center Laboratory

Outstanding lab accreditation results
Earlier this month, representatives of the College of American Pathologists performed the bi-annual Laboratory Accreditation Survey at Providence Medford Medical Center. The survey included the clinical laboratory, anatomic pathology, point of care testing and blood gas testing in the respiratory therapy department. Of the 1,216 specific requirements reviewed our lab demonstrated more than 99 percent compliance. Areas achieving 100 percent compliance and demonstrating outstanding performance included anatomic pathology, hematology and urinalysis, coagulation, microbiology and laboratory leadership. The survey team leader, Guang Fan, M.D., Ph.D., commended the laboratory for its outstanding performance and dedication to supporting a high level of patient care.

Lab management and services
With over 40 years of laboratory leadership experience in both community hospitals and major academic medical centers, Interim Laboratory Manager Charles Bartels, BA, MS, MT (ASCP) has instituted best practices throughout the southern Oregon service area. Based on input from physicians, the following new systems have been put into place:
  • Tracking system for turnaround time has been implemented to ensure timely reporting is consistently achieved for all referring physicians.
  • A more efficient protocol to expedite specialty consultations from our Providence pathologists.
  • A hard copy reporting system for those physicians requesting physical printouts of reports instead of delivery through EHR.
If you wish to contact Charles regarding concerns or questions, call 541-732-6748 or email.

Pathology team update
Uninterrupted services have been provided in the Providence Medford Medical Center Laboratory thanks to the support of our Regional Lab team – including James B. Durham, M.D., regional medical director of pathology and laboratories for Providence-Oregon. The regional team has provided guidance and experience in the development of our program and are receptive to input from referring physicians to ensure issues are addressed quickly.  
We are happy to report that in August we will welcome our permanent lab staff: Pifu Luo, M.D., Ph.D., as the medical director for southern Oregon laboratory and pathology services, and Pathologist Jason M. Schallheim, M.D.

Dr. Luo has over four years experience as medical director in community labs.
Areas of special interest include: Cytopathology, Breast/Gyn Pathology, GI Pathology, GU pathology, immunohistochemistry and neuropathology (brain tumors).

Training/Fellowships: Dr. Luo received his fellowship at the Department of Physiology, University of Maryland Dental School, Baltimore, Md. and his Cytopathology fellowship, at the University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vt. He received his Master of Science and medical degrees, along with a doctoral degree in neuroscience, from Fourth Military Medical University in China.

Dr. Schallheim is completing his training this year at OHSU.
Training/Fellowships: Dr. Schallheim received his fellowship in Hematopathology, at Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Ore. He received his medical training at University of Utah School of Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah and internship in internal medicine at University of Rochester, N.Y., before completing a residency in Pathology from George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, DC.

Dr. Luo will be scheduling meetings with referring physicians and local medical groups to review service expectations.

Lab staff support
  • Phillip Elgert, HT(ASCP), certified histologist with more than 25 years experience has joined the PMMC lab as of June 25.
  • Rosemary (Rosie) Falcon, MS, PA(ASCP), certified pathologist assistant with more than 25 years of laboratory experience started on June 6.
PMMC and the Providence Regional Lab are committed to providing high quality lab and pathology services in southern Oregon and throughout the state. As we complete our transition and augment our staff, we will continue to solicit feedback from local providers to ensure the highest level of quality for our lab and pathology services.

Should you require special services or additional assistance please call 541-732-5063.