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    Lab technicians work with the GeneXpert Machine.

    In 2010 Portage Health became a pioneer amongst rural hospitals by offering molecular diagnostics at a local level, and since then the offerings have continued to grow. By offering this advanced technology at a local level, the hospital has kept thousands of dollars of money in the Copper Country community, while helping the health of the community with faster, more accurate results.

    GeneXpert Machine

    The GeneXpert tests for the presence of bacteria, including that of infectious life-threatening diseases such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ("MRSA"), and H1N1, enabling doctors to make quicker and more informed treatment decisions. Learn more about this technology, which was added in 2010.

    BD Probetec ET

    The new machine allows Portage Health to do testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea right on campus. The in-house testing will save approximately $90,000 a year. More importantly for patients, we can have diagnostics done within two or three hours if needed, instead of waiting until the next day, or longer. Learn more about how The BT Probotec ET affect result wait time.

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    • Laboratory continues expanding molecular testing

      In its effort to continue offering the latest technology and best service to patients, the Portage Health Laboratory has added the BD Probetec ET to its toolset. “This is cutting edge technology,” said Richard Kangas, Portage Health lab director. “We’re continuing our focus on increasing our line of molecular testing.”

    • Portage Health only western U.P. hospital with molecular diagnostics

      Portage Health's new GeneXpert machine is up and running, making Portage Health the only hospital in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan ...

    • New chemistry analyzer installed at Portage Health

      Note: This was originally posted on: 04/17/2009 A new diagnostic machine is up and running in the Portage Health laboratory, just in time for National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week April 19-25. The Vitros 5600, manufactured by Ortho Clinical Diagnostics in Rochester, NY, is the first one installed in M

    • New blood test eases pain and eliminates wait time

      A new service at Portage Health will make life easier for patients who use Coumadin/warfarin therapy.

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