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Laboratory

Bigfork Valley Laboratory provides essential support services to the hospital; Bigfork Valley Balsam clinic; the Scenic Rivers Health Services medical clinics in Bigfork, Floodwood, Northome and Big Falls; and long term care facilities in Bigfork and Kelliher. Outlying locations are served by a daily courier, bringing samples to the main laboratory. Results are reported directly to the patient's physician, and most lab tests may be accessed by the patient through MyCare, Bigfork Valley's secure patient portal.

The lab has in-house analysis capability in microbiology, chemistry, hematology, urinalysis, immunology and blood bank. Bigfork Valley has invested in quality equipment in blood chemistry analysis which shortens wait time and increases accuracy. A 2014 equipment addition to the lab in blood compatibility analysis also enhances quality control, significantly reducing opportunities for error.

The lab also provides ultra-cold storage of fresh frozen plasma and tissue samples for use by the Surgery Center.

Bigfork Valley Laboratory has an outreach location at the Floodwood clinic where patients may bring lab orders for any medical facility, reducing travel and inconvenience for the patient. Results are sent directly to the patient's physician. No appointment is necessary.

Much of the high-tech equipment within the lab is automated and directed by orders entered into the Meditech LIS (computer system), increasing the accuracy and consistency of results.

Seasonal visitors to the Edge of the Wilderness area are able to use the laboratory for monitoring their coumadin and other medication levels during their stay. Laboratory results are faxed to their personal physician.