Tests, Labs & Imaging

Diagnostic Laboratories

Services: Microbiology

The microbiology laboratory is a full service laboratory providing diagnostic services for patients with infections seen in inpatient and outpatient facilities of the Hospital. We provide a full range of services to Providence Health Care and are a referral center for the diagnosis of parasites. Some of the diseases diagnosed by the laboratory include hepatitis, blood stream infections, influenza and pneumonia. These can be caused by a variety of pathogens, including bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. When an infection is caused by bacteria, the laboratory tests it to see which antibiotics will be effective. The laboratory provides support to the infection control program by screening for multi-resistant organisms and examining how infections spread throughout the hospital.

There is an extensive educational program, training residents in medical microbiology, post doctoral fellows in clinical microbiology, and medical technologists. There is also a weekly program for residents in internal medicine that rotate through the infectious diseases service. We carry out research in the area of infection control and have participated in externally funded multi-centered studies to determine how to effectively treat patients with methicillin resistant stapylococcus aureus and to develop a tool to predict which patients infected by C. difficile are most likely to develop severe disease.

We provide support to the Hospital’s academic clinicians who study ways to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of patients at risk of acquiring a healthcare-associated infection. We accept elective students and residents within the space limitations of our laboratory.