Special to Iredell Free News

Piedmont HealthCare recognizes Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 18-24, 2021. PHC honors the staff and all of their hard work caring for our community, now more than ever during the COVID-19 crisis.

PHC central lab employees performed 1.76 million tests last year.

The Piedmont HealthCare central lab is comprised of 30 employees, including couriers, lab assistants, phlebotomists, techs, and management. From collection to the reporting of results, all of the lab staff have professional certifications that help ensure quality and operating excellence.

In spite of the pandemic during the past year, the lab sees approximately 56,000 patients per year and as many as 335 patients served in one day. The lab performed 1.76 million tests last year in 2020 as the volume of work increases year after year.

“In my sev-year tenure with Piedmont HealthCare, I have watched the central lab function as a vital part of our healthcare organization,” CEO Jeff Smith said. “As we continue to grow, so have our ancillary services. I’m proud of the staff for their continued commitment to excellence, as well and their endurance and flexibility during this time.”

The PHC Central Lab is located on 129 Sherlock Drive in Statesville. If directed by a PHC provider, patients can schedule their lab appointment online at www.piedmonthealthcare.com.

Central Lab is currently preparing to open the newest lab draw station to better serve patients located closer to downtown Statesville. The lab is located off of Brookdale Drive and will include a self-scheduling appointment system online as soon as the location is officially launched.

About Piedmont HealthCare

Piedmont HealthCare is one of the largest physician-owned and professionally lead multi-specialty groups in North Carolina and the Southeast. We are committed to providing excellent care for the whole family. We have more than 60 convenient locations and nearly 200 physicians and providers across multiple specialties to provide the most innovative medical care for our community.