The Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center Histology Lab processes in excess of 50,000 cases a year. A highly qualified staff of 9 certified histology technicians, and 3 assistants plus 3 transcriptionists provides the technical support for this area. They work as a team with Physicians Laboratory Pathologists and Pathology Assistants. The histology lab is staffed 24 hours a day, Monday through Friday. Questions about specimen handling or special requests for a certain specimen, can be addressed by calling 322-7142 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 322-7075 after 5 p.m. Unlike the main laboratory which is located in Avera Doctor's Plaza 2, the Histology laboratory is located on the main floor of the hospital behind phlebotomy dispatch.
The histology lab is equipped with the latest technology including same day processing. Eighty percent of the specimens we receive are signed out within 24 hours. Because of our LEAN process improvements and automation, our staff productivity is high and we work with less stress. They perform Routine Histology, Frozen Sections, Immuno-histochemistry, Bone Marrow processing and assist with Fine Needle Aspirations.