Clinical Laboratory Services

The clinical laboratory provides about 70-80% of the necessary information for physicians to make appropriate medical decisions, establish the diagnosis and adequately monitor patients.

The Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Hospital (AWFBH Core Laboratories) clinical chemistry laboratories include modern analytical testing platforms, providing a complex and highly robust testing menu. It encompasses a variety of tests, from the most common (e.g., metabolic panel, electrolytes, etc.) to specialized (e.g., hormones, tumor markers, etc.) to more sophisticated and esoteric chromatography, mass spectrometry and electrophoresis evaluations. The clinical chemistry laboratory offers laboratory services 365 days a year, seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

The clinical chemistry laboratory provides testing on various types of specimens (serum, plasma, urine and body fluids). The turn-around time is optimized. Most routine tests are available within one to two hours, with more specialized tests available on the same day for optimum management of patients. In addition, during weekdays, clinical chemistry testing is also provided by the AWFBH Cancer Care Center.

Additional urinalysis labs (Winston-Salem and Greensboro) with extensive POCT support clinicians for patient evaluations.

The clinical chemistry laboratory is constantly looking to extend its menu and improve its services. The clinical laboratory intends to provide on-site toxicology and pain management services soon.

The laboratory also functions as a regional reference laboratory, supporting clinical services from clinics around the Piedmont triad region in close relationships with High Point, Davie, Lexington and Bermuda Run laboratories.

Samples from outside the medical center, as well as contract work, are also accepted. Call the lab at 336-716-2661 for arrangements and instructions.

For further details about testing, lab menu and laboratory features, please contact our Clinical Chemistry Lab Manager Erica Van Dyke via email or phone at 336-716-4593. You can also contact the Medical Director of the Clinical Chemistry Laboratory Dr. Alina G. Sofronescu via email or phone at 336-716-2639.

Education and Research

The clinical chemistry laboratory is also engaged in the medical students' and residents' education, offering comprehensive exposure to clinical chemistry concepts, methodology and instrumentation during residency rotations.

Furthermore, the clinical chemistry laboratory is constantly engaging in clinical and basic science research, enthusiastically supporting scientific endeavors.

Laboratory Capabilities

Specialized tests offered:

  • Serum, urine electrophoresis by capillary electrophoresis
  • Non-radioactive glomerular filtration rate
  • Everolimus, FK506, Cyclosporine and Sirolimus
  • Microalbumin Analysis +
  • Plasma and urine drug screens using Immunoassay
  • Glycated Hemoglobin by automated HPLC
  • TDM testing using Immunoassay
  • Hormone and Tumor Markers using Immunoassay
  • Thyroid testing using Immunoassay
  • Homocysteine Analysis (Folate, B12)
  • 25-OH-Vitamin D3/D2 by Mass Spec

Samples from outside the medical center as well as contract work can be accepted. Call the lab at 336-716-2661 for arrangements and instructions.

Research General

The application of automated and chromatographic techniques with special emphasis on capillary electrophoresis and LC Mass Spec to clinical diagnosis.