Specimen Processing

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  • Mary Tocco
    Administrative Manager Intermediate Healthcare

    (734) 764-7168

Specimen Processing

A service unit within the Pathology Laboratories, Specimen Processing receives incoming laboratory test specimens from patient floors and clinics (on and off-site) for the University of Michigan Health System. Staff in this unit complete the entry of orders into the Laboratory Information System which is maintained by Pathology Data Systems.

A physical inspection of the specimen is performed to ensure that it is in the correct tube, is not damaged, and has been transported to Specimen Processing appropriately.

The specimen is then prepared (centrifuged, divided into aliquots) and distributed to the requested laboratory. Specimen Processing staff also ship patient samples to outside reference laboratories if the procedure is not performed in one of our laboratories.

Telephone reporting of laboratory results is provided on a limited basis and should be requested only when access to a patient's chart or to a computer terminal is not feasible.

Director: Donald Giacherio, PhD

Training Specialist:
Katelyn Bayko
Janette Brown

Senior Medical Technologist, Sendout Lab/Mlabs:
Beth Lawless, MT(ASCP)


Associate Supervisors:
Day Shift:
Mary Deis
Sofia Carro-Hall

Afternoon Shift:
Laverne Miner
Sylvia Gonzalez

Midnight Shift:
Carmen Riedel

Quality Coordinator:
Michelle Merkel

For additional information, please refer to the Clinical Test Catalog. Also see the Sendout Links and Sendout Instructions.

  • Handles over 4,000,000 specimens/year
  • Most of the Order Entry
  • Some specimen preparation
  • Overnight storage for non 24hr labs