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About the Department
Pathologists at the Loyola University Health System (Loyola) offer the complete range of technologies and services in anatomic pathology, clinical pathology and molecular pathology. They provide consultation on patient diagnosis in inpatient and outpatient settings throughout Loyola as well as specialized services in cytogenetics, endocrinology and ophthalmic pathology to physicians throughout the Chicago area. The faculty includes specialists in renal pathology and neuropathology who are among only a few in Illinois.

It is a research intensive department with nationally and internationally recognized scientists conducting basic science research into the mechanisms of disease and clinical pathologists conducting applied research to bring new technologies to market.

The Department of Pathology’s primary quality goal is to provide information that will enable optimal and safe patient care as well as contribute to the excellence for which the Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is recognized. Our services are geared to provide state-of-the-art and, at times, cutting edge, clinical and technical testing approaches that are cost-effective and of high quality. We are dedicated to providing accurate information in a timely manner to our physicians, other caregivers and other customers. Your regular and effective use of the information in this laboratory services manual will contribute significantly to the quality and safety of patient care within the LUHS.

The Department of Pathology is responsible for management and oversight of all laboratory services in the LUHS. We offer a comprehensive program of anatomic pathology and clinical pathology services. Hospital-based, this operation handles over 2,000,000 billable inpatient and outpatient procedures on an annual basis. Loyola Medical Laboratories (LML) is the reference laboratory component of this operation. The number of LML specimen procedures continues to grow as our outreach commitments increase. The Clinical Laboratories are full service and with the added limited use of selected external reference laboratories, a complete menu of clinical testing is available. Anatomic Pathology services include general Surgical Pathology with frozen section consultation, autopsy, electron microscopy, Cytology and a fine needle aspiration service.

Our laboratory is fully accredited by state, federal and professional licensing authorities. The College of American Pathologists is the primary private accreditation organization for the department. In limited instances for waived testing only, JCAHO accreditation may be utilized for selected LUHS areas. All laboratory services are internally monitored to assure provision of quality services using the principles of total quality management and application of quality systems. External monitoring of laboratory services is accomplished through participation in outside quality assurance and proficiency testing programs.

The quality of test results is directly related to the integrity of the specimen collected. Proper collection and handling of specimens is essential. Accurate patient identification and proper labeling of specimens are the first and most critical steps in this process. Timely specimen transport and specimen preparation are also necessary to ensure specimen integrity and accurate results.