The Clinical Laboratory and Department of Anatomical Pathology offer a full range of diagnostic
services in anatomic pathology and in clinical pathology (laboratory medicine) for both hospitalized
patients as well as out-patients. These services apply to all diseases and all ages. In Anatomic
Pathology, diagnoses rendered by the pathologists are based on a thorough examination of tissues
and cells in bodily fluids sent for analysis. In the Clinical Laboratory, test results on blood and other
bodily fluids and tissues are used for general health care treatment, primary diagnosis and
management of disease.
The Clinical Laboratory, which operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, performs more than 2
million individual tests annually on inpatients and outpatients, and offers a full range of diagnostic
services in laboratory medicine. The Clinical Laboratory includes Chemistry, Hematology,
Microbiology, Mycobacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, Immunology, and Blood Banking. A
phlebotomy team supports the acquisition of specimens for the department. Decentralized (point of care, waived) testing has been established hospital-wide for bedside glucose monitoring and locally for other analytes such as HIV, urine glucose and protein, and pregnancy testing.
Clinical Laboratory Mission Statement
To providing accurate information quickly, with easy access to assist the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of our patients.
To provide an environment such that our staff can reach its fullest potential.
To educate our clinical staff, technical staff, and students to better understand Laboratory Medicine so that out patients reap the benefits of our collective expertise.
The Department of Anatomic Pathology at Brookdale Hospital & Medical Center is accredited by the NYS Department of Health and College of American Pathologists (CAP). In conformity with regulations, programs are in place for in-servicing, continuing education, and competency of the doctors, and technologists throughout the laboratory. Standards of practice are determined by regulations from these governing agencies as well as the College of American Pathologists, ASCP, AABB, AACC, NYSED and the Academy of Pathology.
In Anatomic Pathology, over 8,000 surgical specimens are examined annually, and autopsies are performed. In Cytology, over 5,000 specimens are processed annually. This includes PAP smears for women’s health, and cancer screening. Diagnostic fine needle aspirations are also performed. The Anatomic Pathology office is open from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. A staff pathologist is on-call during hours when the office is closed, including weekends.