Laboratory

St. Vincent’s HealthCare operates a 25,000 square foot laboratory at the St. Vincent’s Medical Center campus, and a Core/Rapid Response laboratory at the St. Luke’s Hospital campus. The Laboratory is a system department that provides testing services to both medical centers as well as outpatient clients through the Consolidated Laboratory Services outreach program. Laboratory personnel include:

  • Medical Laboratory Assistants
  • Phlebotomists
  • Secretarial and Transcription staff
  • Histologists
  • Medical Laboratory Scientists
  • Cytologists
  • Laboratory Supervisors and Managers
  • Pathologists

Orientation

To welcome our new staff members, Laboratory associates participate in a half-day laboratory orientation. Some of the topics covered during this orientation include:

  • Laboratory safety and a safety tour of the facility
  • Laboratory guidelines for HIPPA
  • Laboratory waste segregation
  • Corporate compliance
  • Performance improvement
  • Service excellence
  • Opportunities for continuing education

Continuing Education

In Florida, all laboratory personnel who perform clinical diagnostic testing must be licensed by the Florida Department of Health Board of Medical Quality Assurance. Licensed laboratory personnel must complete at least 24 continuing education units (CEUs) every two years in order to maintain their licensure status. To assist our associates with their continuing education needs, a monthly laboratory in-service program is hosted on the St. Vincent’s Medical Center campus. Topics are presented within each biennium in the areas of:

  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Cytology
  • Florida Laws and Rules
  • Hematology
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Immunohematology
  • Medical Errors
  • Microbiology
  • Serology

The monthly live presentations are video recorded and a copy of each presentation is made available for viewing at both the St. Vincent’s and St. Luke’s laboratories for associates unable to attend. This type of presentation format ensures that the continuing education program is able to meet the needs of laboratory associates regardless of facility or shift.

School Of Medical Technology

Opportunities for professional development are also available through the St. Vincent’s Medical Center School of Medical Technology. This NAACLS accredited clinical laboratory science program provides a year of post baccalaureate clinical internship to up to ten students per year. Internship opportunities are available to 3+1 students from academically affiliated universities, as well as to 4+1 students who have already completed a bachelor’s degree.

Upon completion, these clinical interns have the opportunity to take the ASCP Board of Certification national certification exam for medical laboratory science. Subsequently, graduating students qualify for Florida licensure at the laboratory technologist level from the Florida Board of Medical Quality Assurance. It is the dedication of our laboratory staff in the teaching and mentoring of these clinical interns that has enabled the SVHC School of Medical Technology to meet its mission for more than 60 years. 

School of Medical Technology associates have opportunities to:

  • Demonstrate technique and the discussion of theory with student interns at the laboratory bench
  • Present topics to student interns as part of the didactic lecture series
  • Attend the presentation of topics researched and presented by student interns as part of the laboratory continuing education program
  • Serve as role models for developing medical laboratory scientists
  • Participate in the development of educational materials and the coordination of clinical rotations within the laboratory environment