Weirton Medical Center First in the Area to Offer In-house Vitamin D Testing
Weirton Medical Center is the first hospital in the area to offer in-house vitamin D testing. Vitamin D is essential in the formation and maintenance of strong, healthy bones. Recently, many chronic diseases such as cancer and osteoporosis have been linked to vitamin D deficiency.
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“The laboratory at Weirton Medical Center is the first regional laboratory to provide vitamin D testing on-site because of our Siemens’ Centaur instrumentation that is in the laboratory,” according to David Michetti, BA C(ASCP) MS, division director of ancillary services at Weirton Medical Center.
“We sent over 2,300 vitamin D tests to an outside reference lab last year. We will now be able to perform this test in our laboratory and provide more timely results to physicians,” he explained.
Weirton Medical Center’s lab is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). State and federal CLIA examiners visited the lab within the past year and validated its accuracy and efficiency. The lab is open 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.