The primary mission of the University of Illinois Reference Laboratory is to provide laboratory services for patient care with excellence. Excellence can be defined as the availability of a complete selection of laboratory tests performed by a qualified technical staff producing accurate and timely reporting of results. Over 1,100 different laboratory analyses are available. New tests and advanced technology are continually being developed and placed into service. Ongoing quality control programs for all tests as well as proficiency testing comparing our laboratory with numerous others assure test result accuracy. Timeliness in result reporting is facilitated by the customizable delivery mechanisms we offer which immediately receive information upon test completion. Also, stat services for selected tests are available on a 24-hour basis. Our staff of full-time technologists is committed to performing accurate and efficient laboratory testing, thereby enabling the medical staff to provide optimal patient care.
The Pathology Laboratories are part of the Department of Pathology. Frederick Behm, MD is the Head of the Pathology Department and the Director of Clinical and Anatomical Pathology Laboratories. The major areas of the Clinical Pathology Laboratories include: Blood Bank; Clinical Chemistry; Cytogenetics; Flow Cytometry; Hematology; Clinical Microbiology; Molecular Pathology; and Tissue Typing. Each of these major areas is under the direction of a physician pathologist or a qualified PhD. There are three major areas of the Anatomical Pathology Laboratories: Surgical Pathology; Cytology; and the Autopsy Service. Each of these is directed by an MD pathologist.
The Pathology Laboratories received "Accreditation with Distinction" from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), holds a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) CLIA Laboratory Certificate of Accreditation, and meet all the standards set by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). In addition, the Blood Bank is inspected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).