Laboratory Medicine

Baptist Health System Department of Laboratory Medicine is committed to providing customer-oriented, quality service. We are dedicated to providing accurate and timely laboratory information to promote recovery and maintain good health for our patients through innovation, resource management and regulatory compliance.

In order to assure the safety of our patients while providing diagnostic testing, the following elements are required:

  • All patient specimens must be properly labeled with at least two unique patient identifiers. For example:
    • Inpatients: Patient name, account number, medical record number
    • Outpatients: Patient name, date of birth, social security number
  • Date and time of collection should be noted on specimen.
  • Collector’s identification.
  • Test requisition to include (preferably a BHS Outpatient Requisition):
    • Patient identification information
    • Patient sex
    • Patient date of birth or age
    • Name and address (if different than the receiving laboratory) of physician or legally authorized person ordering the test
    • Tests requested (see BHS Physician Annual Notice and RHH Physician Annual Notice)
    • Time and date of specimen collection when appropriate
    • Source of specimen and clinical information, when appropriate
    • Diagnosis and/or clinical information as appropriate
    • Last menstrual period (for gynecologic specimens)

Specimens should be collected following the guidelines of the BHS Laboratory Directory of Service. In the event that submitted specimens are unacceptable for testing (e.g. gross hemolysis, mislabeled sample), the referring entity will be notified and when appropriate, a recollected sample will be requested. In the event that the sample is irretrievable (i.e. CSF), a written request from the physician ordering that testing be performed on the suboptimal specimen will be required.

For explicit instructions concerning collection of Blood, Microbiology and Pathology specimen submission refer to the sites below.

Laboratory Tests

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Laboratory Medicine Contacts

Pathology Medical Leadership

Dr. Jennifer R. Rushton

  • System Medical Director for Baptist Health System
  • Chief of Service for Baptist Medical Center Laboratory
  • Oversight Pathologist for Immunology, Microbiology, and Molecular
  • Board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Hematopathology and Molecular Genetic Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates
  • Office: (210) 297-7842

Dr. Grace N. Jackson

  • Chief of Service for St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital Laboratory
  • Oversight Pathologist for Histology
  • Board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology with special expertise in Neuropathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates
  • Office: (210) 297-5832

Dr. Andrew Walls

  • Chief of Service for North Central Baptist Hospital Laboratory
  • Board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with Fellowship training in Breast Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates
  • Office: (210) 297-5832

Dr. Teresa Duran

  • Chief of Service for Northeast Baptist Hospital Laboratory
  • Medical Director of Transfusion Medicine
  • Board-certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Blood Bank/Transfusion Medicine and Cytopathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates
  • Office: (210) 297-2832

Dr. Nancy A. Banks

  • Medical Director for Resolute Baptist Hospital
  • Board certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates
  • Office: (830) 500-6831

Dr. Julia Choi

  • Chief of Service for Mission Trail Baptist Hospital
  • Oversight Pathologist for Hematology
  • Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, Hematopathology and Dermatopathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates
  • Office: (210) 297-3834

Dr. Jared Barker

  • Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with Fellowship training in Surgical Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates

Dr. Mark Mentrikoski

  • Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with Fellowship training in Gynecologic Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates

Dr. Whitney McCarthy

  • Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology with Fellowship training in Gynecologic Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates
  • Office: (210) 297-4838

Dr. Mary Beth Vono

  • Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Neuropathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates

Dr. Eric Fillman

  • Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Dermatopathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates

Dr. Maria Gorospe

  • Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Hematopathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates

Dr. Katherine Sciandra

  • Board Certified in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology with Fellowship training in Gastrointestinal Pathology
  • Oversight Pathologist for Anatomic Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology Associates

Baptist Medical Center

Main laboratory telephone number: (210) 297-7700
Fax telephone number: (210) 297-0713

Alma A. Castaneda, MT (ASCP)
BMC Laboratory - Lab Director
Office: (210) 297-9655

Louis Reyes, MT (ASCP)
BMC Laboratory - Lab Manager
Office: (210) 297-7709

North Central Baptist

Main laboratory telephone number: (210) 297-4700
Fax telephone number: (210) 297-0408

Melissa McDaniel, MT (ASCP)
NCBH Laboratory Coordinator
Office: (210) 297-4371

Mission Trail Baptist

Main laboratory telephone number: (210) 297-3700
Fax telephone number: (210) 297-0308

Sherrie A. Cardona, MT (ASCP)
MTB Laboratory - Director
Office: (210) 297-3709

Rajesh Wagle, MSCLS, MLS (ASCP) CM SCCM
MTB Laboratory Coordinator

Northeast Baptist

Main laboratory telephone number: (210) 297-2700
Fax telephone number: (210) 297-0208

Isaura Colon Cruz, MT (ASCP)
NBH Laboratory - Director
Office: (210) 297-2709

Anthony Blackwell, MT (ASCP)
NBH Laboratory - Coordinator
Office:(210) 297-2753

St. Luke's Baptist

Main laboratory telephone number: (210) 297-5700
Fax telephone number: (210) 297-0508

Ronald Cardona, AMT (MT)
SLBH Laboratory Director
Office: (210) 297-5709

Daphne Cano, MT (ASCP)
SLB Laboratory Coordinator
Office: (210) 297-5708

Baptist Health System

Regional Laboratory
Telephone number: (210) 297-7000

Alma A. Castaneda, MT (ASCP)
Market Director, Laboratory Services
Baptist Health System
Office: (210) 297-9655

Anna Sanchez, MT (ASCP), MT (HEW), BS, MA
Reference Testing Coordinator
Office: (210) 297-7708

Victoria Y. Morize, BS MT (ASCP), MBA
Quality Coordinator
Office: (210) 297-9651

Deanna Bogner, MT (ASCP), MS, PMP
Point Of Care Coordinator
Office: (210) 297-9657

Giovanna Madrigal, HT (ASAP)
Histology Manager
Office: (210) 229-0260