GRAFTON—This spring, Grafton City Hospital rolled out their new program that helps residents be more proactive where their health is concerned.
To add a little incentive to use their brand-new service, they created a drawing for any individual who signed up for the Direct Labs Taylor’ed for You, that entered them to win Taylor-opoly, Taylor County’s own Monopoly game.
“We are excited to announce that we have a winner for our startup of our Direct Labs program which began in April,” said Clinical Laboratory Director Nick Jachelski. “Our Direct Lab patient drawing for the Taylor-Opoly game was originally scheduled for May but was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19.”
Selected from four months’ worth of submissions, Grafton’s Kittie Deakins was named at the winner of the drawing.
Grafton City Hospital’s Direct Labs Taylor’ed for You is a program that allows patients to pick and choose which labs they would like to have performed at a great cost.
In the past, those experiencing health concerns would have to schedule an appointment with their primary care physician or a specialty doctor who would then write an order before labs could be completed, but that is not the case any longer.
“A lot of hospitals have gone to these types of programs, what has been called direct access or multiphasic testing, so we wanted to come up with our own program to better serve our patients,” said George Boyles, Grafton City Hospital President and Chief Administrative Officer.
According to Jachelski, the program centers on the eight most ordered laboratory tests. Those tests include a Multiphasic, Chemistry, Fasting Lipid and Thyroid Profiles, as well as CBC, PSA, A1C and Vitamin D tests.
“The program covers tests that can check every major organ. They can show the presence of viral infections, bacterial infections, certain types of cancer or other diseases, and sometimes people just want to know their blood type,” he explained.
He noted that the program will offer pricing that was comparable to prices during the hospital’s two annual health fairs.
“However, Taylor’ed for You will be offered all the time, Monday-Friday, from 7:00 a.m. until noon,” Jachelski divulged. “What is great is the deep discounts that we are able to give patients through the program.”
If an individual were to receive all eight tests, at a value of $830, the total cost would be only $155. Jachelski further revealed that they were able to greatly discount their Multiphasic Profiles, which includes the Comprehensive Metabolic, Fasting Lipid Panel, a TSH with a free T4 and the Complete Blood Count (CBC) test, to just $75.
The remainder of lab tests are provided at a cost of less than $30 each, with the exception of the SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) antibody IgG test, which is $42.13
The tests are not billed to a person’s insurance and costs will have to be covered in full before the analyses are performed. Individuals may pay by cash or credit/debit card, making it even more convenient.
“Direct Lab Testing forms may be picked up either in the lab or at the registration desk, and patients may fill them out and bring them back in with them,” noted Jachelski. “Individuals may also fill out the forms in advance by visiting our website.”
Once the testing is completed, results will be mailed out to individuals within two business days, and it will be the responsibility of the patient to consult with his or her physician and provide them with the results.
For more information about the Direct Labs Taylor’ed for You program and the tests provided, please visit Grafton City Hospital on the web at www.graftonhospital.com. Those interested in enrolling in the program may visit the hospital to pick up a form.