Williamsburg, Virginia - December 15, 2005 - In early December, Sentara Healthcare consolidated its anatomic pathology services on the Peninsula to a central location at Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital. This change brings three laboratory professionals to the Williamsburg health care community two histo-technicians and one clinical laboratory assistant in addition to the onsite laboratory medical director.
This new anatomic pathology laboratory offers a full range of services to the entire Peninsula, extending the reach of Sentara Laboratory Services. Private physicians now have the option of sending biopsy tissue samples to this enhanced laboratory, while gaining increased exposure to the expertise of Williamsburg-based pathologists. Sample-processing capabilities at this location have been enhanced and hours of operation extended to 24 hours per day. The Peninsula Anatomic Pathology Hub is also part of Hampton Roads only full service reference laboratory, Sentara Laboratory Services.
Williamsburg physicians now have the ability to review samples themselves, increasing discussion with the pathologists. This collaboration improves ongoing working relations between specialties all working to improve care to our patients, says Dr. Audrey Steck, pathologist and medical director of the Sentara Williamsburg Community Hospital Laboratory.
The planned laboratory space at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center, currently under construction, reflects the consolidation of anatomic pathology services and will be larger to accommodate not only the new staff but additional equipment in the future.
In the next few years, the industry is expecting the release of groundbreaking technology related to how samples are preserved, opening the door to test for diseases and abnormalities not even possible today.
"Our intent is to bring these future capabilities to Williamsburg," says Dr. Steck.