Services Overview

SEMC Pathology operates a freestanding, CAP accredited cytology/immunohistochemistry laboratory in Highland, Illinois. Laboratory Directorship Services & Pathology are available from SEMC Pathology.

We offer:

  • The highest quality Pathology Services in the area.
  • Quality Assurance Program adhering to the strictest standards.
  • Expertise in a broad range of specimen types.
  • Extradepartmental Consults based on known expertise of consultant.
  • Proactive pathologists commited to being a vital part of the patient care team.

Our team consists of five Pathologists.
All are Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Together the SEMC Team has a combined 150 years of expertise in the fields of Pathology and Cytology.

  • Dr. Pamella Gronemeyer
  • Dr. Aiman Hawasli
  • Two board certified locum tenens pathologists

Lab specific technologies include:

  • Gynecologic cytologies using Cytyc’s ThinPrep® Imaging System.
  • Nongynecologic specimens are performed using the ThinPrep® technology.
  • HPV testing using the ISH (in-situ hybridization) by the Ventana processor.
  • Chlamydial + N. gonorrhea testing is available using Roche Integra.
  • Stain and interpret our own Immunohistochemistries.

SEMC Pathology currently examines or performs approximately:

  • 8,000 surgical specimens
  • 18,000 gynecologic cytologies
  • 1500 nongynecologic cytologies
  • 100 forensic/private autopsies.

Pathology services are currently provided to  seven hospitals:

  • St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland,
  • Community Hospital of Staunton,
  • Red Bud Regional in Red Bud,
  • Washington County Hospital in Nashville,
  • Pinckneyville Community Hospital in Pinckneyville,
  • Marshall Browning Hospital in DuQuoin.
  • Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado

In addition, SEMC Pathology provides pathology services for the The Cneter for Gastrointestinal Health in Swansea, IL and the laboratory for Dr.Vasantha Pai in Belleville, IL.

We have doctors’ offices as clients in many of the towns in the region. We perform histology services for coroners’ pathologists and veterinary pathologists.

On-Site Lab Administration Services include the following:

I. Supervision of Laboratory:

  • Review abnormal laboratory reports as requested by the laboratory supervisor or clinicians..
  • Review all blood smears meeting review criteria.
  • Review all Quality Control records.
  • Review College of American Pathologists/API results.
  • Review laboratory procedure manuals after designated Team Managers annual review and revision. Assist in development of new procedures and manuals.
  • Review all positive antibody panels for selection of appropriate blood product and consultation with physician concerning appropriateness/advisability of transfusion especially in patients with known hemoglobinopathies and autoimmune hemolytic disorders..
  • Review all procedures and protocol within 9 months of directorship (pathologist) change.

II. Teaching:

  • Review with laboratory staff all College of American Pathologists/API test specimens.
  • Conduct in-service seminars for laboratory staff. This includes review of abnormal CBC’s, new laboratory test information and pertinent laboratory literature.
  • Participate in Medical Staff Department meetings to insure good communication between the laboratory and staff and to inform about new or changed tests.
  • Per JCAHO the pathologist provides an annual in-service education to nursing staff about policies for adequate identification of patients to be transfused, monitoring patients for transfusion reactions, and the procedure for reporting transfusion reactions to the laboratory and the responsible clinician.

III Administrative:

  • The highest quality Pathology Services in the area.
  • Quality Assurance Program adhering to the strictest standards.
  • Expertise in a broad range of specimen types.
  • Extradepartmental Consults based on known expertise of consultant.
  • Proactive pathologists commited to being a vital part of the patient care team.

Our team consists of four Pathologists.
All are Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology. Together the SEMC Team has a combined 150 years of expertise in the fields of Pathology and Cytology.

  • Dr. Pamella Gronemeyer
  • Dr. Aiman Hawasli
  • Two anatomic and clinical pathology boarded pathologists as locum tenens

Lab specific technologies include:

  • Gynecologic cytologies using Cytyc’s ThinPrep® Imaging System.
  • Nongynecologic specimens are performed using the ThinPrep® technology.
  • HPV testing using the ISH (in-situ hybridization) by the Ventana processor.
  • Chlamydial + N. gonorrhea testing is available using Roche Integra.
  • Stain and interpret our own Immunohistochemistries.

SEMC Pathology currently examines or performs yearly approximately:

  • 8,000 surgical specimens
  • 1500 gynecologic cytologies
  • 200 nongynecologic cytologies
  • 10 forensic/private autopsies.

Pathology services are currently provided to eight hospitals:

  • St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland,
  • Community Memorial Hospital of Staunton,
  • Red Bud Regional in Red Bud,
  • Crossroads Community Hospital in Mount Vernon,
  • Washington County Hospital in Nashville,
  • Pinckneyville Community Hospital in Pinckneyville,
  • Marshall Browning Hospital in DuQuoin.
  • Ferrell Hospital, Eldorado

In addition, SEMC Pathology provides pathology services for The Center for Gastrointestinal Health in Swansea and Dr. Vasanth Pai’s Laboratory in Belleville. We have doctors’ offices as clients in many of the towns in the region. We provide histology services to a veterinary pathologist and forensic pathologists.

On-Site Lab Administration Services include the following:

I. Supervision of Laboratory:

  • Review abnormal laboratory reports as requested by the laboratory supervisor or clinicians..
  • Review all blood smears meeting review criteria.
  • Review all Quality Control records.
  • Review College of American Pathologists/API results.
  • Review laboratory procedure manuals after designated Team Managers annual review and revision. Assist in development of new procedures and manuals.
  • Review all positive antibody panels for selection of appropriate blood product and consultation with physician concerning appropriateness/advisability of transfusion especially in patients with known hemoglobinopathies and autoimmune hemolytic disorders..
  • Review all procedures and protocol within 9 months of directorship (pathologist) change.

II. Teaching:

  • Review with laboratory staff all College of American Pathologists/API test specimens.
  • Conduct in-service seminars for laboratory staff. This includes review of abnormal CBC’s, new laboratory test information and pertinent laboratory literature.
  • Participate in Medical Staff Department meetings to insure good communication between the laboratory and staff and to inform about new or changed tests.
  • Per JCAHO the pathologist provides an annual in-service education to nursing staff about policies for adequate identification of patients to be transfused, monitoring patients for transfusion reactions, and the procedure for reporting transfusion reactions to the laboratory and the responsible clinician.

III Administrative:

  • Chair Utilization Review Committee and/or Infection Control Committtees.
  • Review and Consult Nosocomials.
  • Review and Consult Communicable Disease.
  • Review and Consult Exposure Incidents.
  • Review and Consult on all Blood Usage Review.
  • The laboratory director may be contacted prior to starting a unit of blood on any patient not meeting blood usage criteria.
  • Direct investigation and handling of all transfusion reactions.
  • Develop criteria and algorithms for appropriate laboratory testing algorithms depending on clinical presentations. Guidelines are developed using current literature guidelines.
  • Review all Death Charts for adherence to autopsy criteria. Work closely with Risk Management coordinator to handle any identified issues.
  • Consult with administrator on equipment evaluation prior to purchase.
  • Consult with administrator to help recruit laboratory staff when vacancies occur.
  • Consult with administrator on Medicare regulations, JCAHO inspection, State Health Department rules, CAP, OSHA and FDA requirements.
  • Be present at inspections by above regulatory agencies.

IV. Direct Patient Care:

  • Perform frozen sections.
  • Submits immediate report to surgeon and/or consulting MD
  • Examines all tissues submitted for gross and microscopic evaluation.
  • Specimens are to be sent in formalin fixative to SEMC Pathology at Highland, IL for gross examination, process and microscopic examination.
  • Cytology of body fluids and female genital tract.
  • Cytology of body fluids and female genital tract.
  • Gynecology and Non-gynecology cytology specimens are to be sent to SEMC Pathology Laboratory in Highland, IL. Perform bone marrow examinations.
  • Prepare hematology consultations on smears meeting criteria or requested by physician.
  • Consult with Infection Control nurse on all reported infections whether patients or employees.
  • Consult with physicians regarding patients laboratory results and/or problems with testing.

IV. Indirect Patient Care:

  • Perform autopsy and prepare gross and microscopic examinations to be reported to hospital and physician.
  • Forensic cases will require coroner decision on pathologist.

Reference: 1996 Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Pathology & Clinical Laboratory Services