The Center for Anatomic Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (CAPALM) is a duly accredited Tertiary Diagnostic Facility by the Department of Health. It is directly under the management, supervision and control of the Unit Head who reports directly to the Director for Ancillary Services and the CEO-President in his capacity as Vice President for Ancillary Services.
As a tertiary Clinical Diagnostic Facility, it is involved not only in the provision of routine and special diagnostic procedures but also as a training institution for Pathology and Medical Technology program. As a tertiary Diagnostic facility, it is also a Reference laboratory catering to other free standing laboratories and facilities that do not cater to special procedures available in the Center. As a Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory, it aids to confirm a clinical impression, establish or rule out a diagnosis, monitor therapy and establish a prognosis through quality assured and controlled test evidenced by its excellent performance in the various External Quality Assurance Programs by the different reference laboratories task to conduct the same. Performance of the diagnostic procedures is done by skilled, competent, highly proficient and duly licensed medical technologists under the direct supervision of the Unit Supervisor and Unit Head.
The Diagnostic Services performed under CAPALM are grouped into – Immunology and Serology, Clinical Chemistry, Clinical Microscopy and Parasitology, Drug Testing, Hematology, Microbiology, Blood Bank and Newborn screening. It is also the confirmatory center for G6PD test. The different sections are headed by respective section chief who is tasked to oversee the implementation of its policies and standard operating procedures. As the Center for Anatomic Pathology, it caters to the performance of Histopathology examination (Biopsies), Cytopathology procedures, PAPS smear-conventional and liquid based studies. Rush frozen section studies, limited Immunohistochemical studies and autopsy services are also done in the Center.
As a Training Laboratory, it offers a four years Residency Training Program for combined Clinical and Anatomic Pathology program under the supervision of the Training Officer who is also acts as the Assistant Unit Head. To date it has produced 6 graduates, two of whom passed the Diplomate examinations in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and two in Clinical Pathology. To date, these Diplomates graduates are already conferred Fellows in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Fellows in Clinical Pathology, respectfully. CAPALM as a training institution in Medical Technology is highly recommended and endorsed by the Commission on Higher Education as an exemplary training center for the said program. Currently, we have interns from our very own Angeles University Foundation, University of Baguio, Wesleyan University and Saint Louis University of Baguio. An intensive 6 months training program is provided to medical technology students in their senior year. Orientation, education and familiarization with different laboratory examinations is provided and imbued with our core values of honesty, efficiency, loyalty, and excellent performance. A Medical Technology Intern’s Training Officer is directly in-charge with the training program.
As a Referral Laboratory, it provides special laboratory services in the Region, North of Manila. Currently, the laboratory is recognized by the National Institute of Health as one of the G6PD Confirmatory Centers in Region 3. It collaborates with Easy DNA Philippines for the provision of DNA Testing.
One of its pride as a Center, CAPALM is one of the pioneers in Blood Banking services. It is duly accredited as a Hospital Blood Bank with Center capabilities that can perform tests for the five common transfusion transmitted infections using highly sophisticated machines using Chemiluminescence technology adding safeguard to our testing thus providing for quality assured and safe blood units to its patients and stakeholders. An added safeguard is thru the performance of the antibody screening which aids to detect unexpected antibodies in both donor and recipient. The antibody nece I It is capable of processing and storing blood units into its components-pack RBC, platelets, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate. It involves the community in the conduct of Voluntary mass Blood Donation which to date we have a total of 24 companies where we conduct rotational voluntary blood donation thus assuring us of adequate blood supply.