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Laboratory Professionals Work Behind the Scenes to Get Results

Hospital news | Thursday, April 19, 2018

Prairie du Chien, WI – Crossing Rivers Health proudly joins the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science in honoring laboratory professionals during the week of April 22 – 28 and every week of the year.

The medical laboratory professional is a key member of today’s health care team. Crossing Rivers Health’s board-certified medical laboratory scientists and technologists provide patients with fast, accurate test results. Accredited by The Joint Commission, the laboratory professionals at Crossing Rivers Health are responsible for working efficiently behind the scenes with highly automated and advanced technologies.

“The role of the laboratory is to provide the information that life and death decisions are often made from. Every day, health care professionals rely on the lab to perform tests on blood or other body fluids, interpret the results, and help provide answers for a complete picture of a patient’s health. The work of laboratory professionals is critical to saving lives and insuring proper treatment of disease,” stated Barb Welsch, Crossing Rivers Health Laboratory Director.

A wide variety of tests are available at the Crossing Rivers Health Laboratory, ranging from simple identification provided by commercial kit testing to highly complex manual and automated methods. Each year, the laboratory team performs more than 128,000 tests and takes part in the care of more than 12,000 patients.

Anyone with an order from his or her licensed caregiver is able to have laboratory testing performed at the Crossing Rivers Health lab. The lab is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No appointment is needed and test results are sent directly to the patient’s provider.

To learn more information about the Crossing Rivers Health Laboratory, visit or call 608.357.2212.


Laboratory Services at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien Wisconsin

Photo (L to R): The board-certified laboratory team at Crossing Rivers Health performs more than 128,000 tests and takes part in the care of more than 12,000 patients. The lab is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Members of the laboratory team include: April Laufenberg, Lab Quality Coordinator; Betsy Hudson, Medical Lab Scientist; Brian Simmons, Medical Lab Scientist; Barb Welsch, Laboratory Director; and Abbi Perkins, Medical Lab Technician. Missing from photo: David Belflower, Medical Lab Technician; Vicki Knudtson, Clinical Lab Technician; Trina Springsteen, Medical Lab Technician; Gericke Thomas, Medical Lab Technician; Sandy Warner, Medical Lab Technician; and Amanda Otte, Phlebotomist/Lab Assistant.