Many health care professionals in and around Sullivan County depend on Catskill Regional Medical Center's Department of Laboratory Medicine for diagnostic testing that will help them identify and monitor the medical conditions that their patients may have. The largest diagnostic testing laboratory in Sullivan County, CRMC's Lab performs approximately one million tests annually.
CRMC's Department of Laboratory Medicine has been fully accredited by the College of American Pathology (CAP) for 47 years. It is also accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and is licensed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). Each section of the laboratory is directed by a supervisor who meets New York State Department of Health supervisory requirements. Recording results is integrated into the hospital-wide computerized electronic health record, which is accessible to health care professionals both inside CRMC and in the community.
In 2011, the Department was named "Laboratory of the Year" by Medical Laboratory Observer, a major professional journal.
The CRMC Laboratory is an active member of the community, sponsoring food and gift drives with the United Way and supporting the CRMC Oncology Medicine Fund by adopting a cancer patient's family for Christmas. At CRMC health fairs, the Department provides free testing to the community. Its outstanding staff participation in blood drives has been recognized by the American Red Cross several times with its Lifeshare Platinum Level Achievement Award.
The Harris campus offers the following wide array of testing and outpatient services:
Outpatient hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday hours: 8 a.m. to noon
Appointments are not necessary. However, you may call for an appointment if you are unable to come during regular hours. We will do our best to accommodate you.
Glucose tolerance testing is available Monday through Friday. Please call for an appointment.
The service is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for routine collections, and 24/7 for post-accident collection. Our staff follows federal guidelines. Employers can set up an account by contacting our Specimen Processing Supervisor at 845.794.3300 ext. 2259.
Our microbiology laboratory has the latest technology, including rapid DNA probe (PCR) testing for detecting and identifying the micro-organisms that may cause an infection. Our technologists run sophisticated tests to determine which antibiotics are appropriate to treat infections based on sensitivity patterns. We routinely screen our patients for resistant pathogens such as MRSA.
Our environmental testing laboratory is licensed by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to test water for E coli and total coliform bacteria that can make water unfit to drink. Members of the community are invited to bring water from their taps or pools to be tested for these bacteria. Containers and directions for doing the collection are available in the laboratory. The charge for water testing is $25.
Our state-of-the-art chemistry laboratory provides blood and urine testing. Among the tests that your health care provider may request are lipid levels, electrolytes, blood sugar, indicators of heart disease, drug levels, tumor markers, fertility testing, hormone levels and hemoglobin A1C. With two new analyzers, the laboratory can quickly provide test results to physicians to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with suspected heart attacks, high cholesterol, drug overdoses, infertility, thyroid disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, cancers and other diseases.
Our hematology laboratory has state-of-the-art equipment that can perform hematological evaluations, coagulation studies used in diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of medication, and urine testing for urinary tract functions.
Our AABB-accredited Blood Bank offers blood typing, antibody screening, crossmatch, titer and prenatal services. We also sponsor a monthly donor drive in conjunction with the American Red Cross. Our donor recruitment efforts have received national recognition.
Many laboratory services are also offered at the Grover M. Hermann Hospital in Callicoon, N.Y. The Callicoon laboratory is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week. Our medical technologists are on site to draw blood Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. On Saturday, outpatients can have blood drawn from 8 a.m. to noon. Outpatient services are not available on Sundays.
Testing performed on site includes point of care coagulation testing by fingerstick (with a physician order specifying point of care or fingerstick collection), coagulation testing (sample collection by venipuncture), cardiac tests, general chemistry testing, transfusion services, hematology and urinalysis.