SAN MARCOS, TX – Renovations were recently completed to the Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) Laboratory and starting next month, two new Roche analyzers will expand the available test menu and improve overall efficiency of the certain lab studies.
The new analyzers allow 9-minute testing using only one tube of blood, where the previous equipment required two different types of blood specimens and took 14 minutes to produce results. The Troponin T and Pro-BNP tests are used to diagnose and assess the risks of cardiac conditions, specifically acute coronary syndrome and congestive heart failure. The upgrade also allows testing on expectant mother labs to be completed in-house rather than sending specimens to a separate, resource laboratory.
“The new tests are more sensitive and specific than the ones they are replacing,” CTMC Laboratory Director David Erb said. “These state-of-the-art instruments allow faster turn-around times and help us produce more precise results for our patients.”
Tests added to the CTMC Lab Services menu include:
- Rheumatoid Factor
- Lithium levels
- Hepatitis Bs Antigen
- Hepatitis Bs Ab
- Hepatitis A Virus
- Beta-Hydro butyrate Acetone test
For more information about CTMC lab services, please visit ctmc.org and click on “Care and Services” or call 512-753-3533.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 220 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 200 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital. In 2010 and again in 2011, CTMC was named The Best Hospital in Hays County. In addition, CTMC added a certified Chest Pain Center to its ER capabilities in 2011.
CTMC is a member of the Adventist Health System (AHS), a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.