By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian
It used to be that if you wanted to get a multiphasic blood panel screening at Fairmont General Hospital, you had to devote part of your Saturday morning to attend a clinic with others who also wanted the test.
Those days are gone. Now, anyone who wants a multiphasic blood screening that checks for a patient’s cholesterol levels and lipids can go to the hospital six days a week, from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, during the laboratory’s hours of operation to the public.
Hospital officials call the new service “Multiphasic on Demand.”
“We were looking at essentially the cost of the program and as we started to ask ourselves some questions, it just became almost very clear it didn’t need to happen the way it had been organized,” said Robert C. Marquardt, Fairmont General’s president and CEO.
The hospital was getting 200-300 patients on the biweekly Saturdays that the multiphasic screening was held, and it was necessary to pay phlebotomists overtime in order to hold the clinics. Volunteers also were needed to help register the patients.
“As we looked through it, we thought, ‘We really have the ability to incorporate this flow into our daily routine, and we don’t need to incur this extra expense of bringing in extra staff,’” Marquardt said. “And as we thought through it, we ran a couple of surveys with the patients who showed up for the biweekly multiphasic screenings and we asked, ‘If we had this other option, would this be something you would like or dislike?’”
It turned out that 80 percent of the patients said they would prefer to have more options of when they come to the hospital for the blood screen panel.