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St. Elizabeth Laboratory Expands, Opens Pediatric "Glow Room" - Ribbon Cutting and Open House Tuesday, July 10, 2018

UTICA, NY – The St. Elizabeth Laboratory, an affiliate of the Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS), is excited to announce the expansion of the outpatient laboratory services testing at the St. Elizabeth Campus at 2209 Genesee Street in Utica. A ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the expansion will be held in collaboration with the Utica Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Guided tours will also be offered until 5:15 p.m. This event is open to the public.
 
The expansion of the lab draw rooms includes a new pediatric room decorated with glow-in-the-dark murals. “Laboratory draws can be difficult for children and parents,” said St. Elizabeth Laboratory business manager, Michelle Walters. “As the mother of a toddler myself, I find it creates anxiety to know your child is going to be upset. It was my mission to find a better way to provide this critical service.”  
 
In collaboration with BB Designs of New Hartford, owned by Angela Johnson, the St. Elizabeth Laboratory created a safari-themed room including canvas artwork created by St. Elizabeth Laboratory staff members. BB Designs painted murals of safari animals that illuminate under a black light. “When the specimen collection procedure is over, the phlebotomist will switch the light switch to activate the black light,” said Walters. “The unexpected change and magic of the room distracts the children and they leave with a more positive laboratory experience. I am so thankful to Angela and her team for their creativity. This was her first time using glow paint and she knocked it out of the park!”
 
The St. Elizabeth Laboratory works with Mayo Medical Laboratories as its primary reference laboratory and has access to Mayo Medical Laboratories’ extensive selection of laboratory tests and clinical expertise. Specimens for specialized tests taken at our laboratory are sent to Mayo Medical Laboratories and analyzed, with results often available the following day. In addition to specialized testing with Mayo Medical Laboratories, St. Elizabeth Laboratory offers a full range of on-site testing including surgical pathology, immuno-histochemistry procedures, hematopathology, breast tumor testing as well as gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology, chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, coagulation, microbiology, parasitology, immunology, blood bank and transfusion services. 
 
In addition to the expansion, the laboratory testing equipment has been upgraded and enhanced to include extensive automation in the core lab to include new chemistry and hematology equipment. “Laboratory information has a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and a profound impact on the treatment of disease,” said St. Elizabeth Laboratory director, Christine Goldman. “We continuously look at the latest and greatest technology to provide high-quality care to our community. We are constantly expanding our in-house testing capabilities. According to the Mayo Clinic, 70 percent of medical decisions are based on clinical laboratory results, and this enhanced equipment allows us provide faster results to our providers so they are given timely information to treat their patients.”
 
Walk-ins are always welcome at the St. Elizabeth Laboratory. The location at the St. Elizabeth Campus is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. St. Elizabeth Laboratory accepts any physician’s laboratory order. To contact the St. Elizabeth Laboratory, please call 315-801-8439. For more information and a list of our other locations, please visit mvhealthsystem.org/lab.
 
Physicians’ offices may contact the St. Elizabeth Laboratory business manager, Michelle Walters, at 315-801-8439 to receive printed St. Elizabeth Laboratory location cards for patients.

Media Contact: 
AJ Wiswell
Graphic Designer and Communications Specialist
315-624-5607
awiswell@mvhealthsystem.org