Laboratory and X-Ray
We offer basic in office laboratory tests including:
Conducted by swabbing the throat to Identify Group A Streptococcus.
Influenza A & B
A nasal swab is used to test for multiple strains of Influenza A& B viruses
A nasal swab used to identify Respiratory syncytial virus in children 5 years old and younger.
The hemoglobin A1C test may be used to screen for and diagnose diabetes and pre-diabetes in adults as well monitor the glucose control of diabetics over time.
A urine test strip or dipstick test is a basic diagnostic tool used to determine pathological changes in a patient’s urine in standard urinalysis.
Micro albumin/creatinine ratio
The urine albumin test or albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR) is used to screen people with chronic conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension) that put them at an increased risk of developing kidney disease.
Urine Pregnancy testing
A blood test that measures how long it takes blood to clot and also to monitor Coumadin therapy.
A blood test which can be used in the diagnosis of anemia.
Random Blood Glucose
Random glucose test (aka capillary blood glucose) is a blood sugar test taken from a non-fasting subject.
The stool guaiac test looks for hidden (occult) blood in a stool sample.
Hemosure FIT is a rapid test for detecting blood in stool. Blood in stool maybe an indication of colon rectal cancer. Screening for occult blood is a helpful aid in screening of CRC.
Sed rate, or erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), is a blood test that can reveal inflammatory activity in your body.
For diagnostic laboratory testing SCHC partners with LabCorp. Specimens are collected in our office and shipped to their laboratories in the lower 48. While most tests can be collected in our office, due to our semi-remote location there are a very limited number of tests that we cannot collect. Also on occasion results are needed sooner than the 2-4 days it typically takes for us to receive them. In both of these rare instances patients are referred to collection sites either in the Wasilla or Anchorage.
Ancillary send out lab services are provided for patients who have orders from providers outside the Sunshine Community Health Center team. SCHC is not a full service lab and due to our semi-remote location not all tests can be collected for send out to LabCorp, for this reason patients with outside orders are required to submit their test orders prior to making an appointment.
For patients without insurance the Alaska State Public Health Lab provides many tests free of charge or at a reduced cost. Specimens are collected in our offices and shipped to either Anchorage or Fairbanks.
- Anchorage Public Health Lab tests for Tuberculosis (TB), Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Pertussis, Syphilis, Salmonella, Shigella, E. coli O157, Campylobacter, Vibrio, Giardia, Cryptosporidium, Haemophilis and Neisseria infections.
- Fairbanks Public Health Lab tests for HIV, hepatitis A, B, and C, adenovirus, enterovirus, rubella, rubeola, mumps, varicella zoster virus, herpes viruses, rabies virus, norovirus, RSV, parainfluenza, and influenza A & B.
Alaska Native Beneficiaries
We are able to collect specimens and ship them to the Alaska Native Medical Center Lab in Anchorage.
Limited x-ray services are offered and all x-rays are sent electronically to be reviewed by a radiologist at Alaska Imaging Associates. At this time we DO NOT offer Ancillary x-ray services for patients with orders from providers outside the SCHC team of providers.
Sunshine Community Health Center participates in the Alaska Vaccine Assessment Program (AVAP). AVAP was established in 2014 to increase access to immunizations recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. With its increased purchasing power the Department of Health and Social Services buys all pediatric vaccines and select adult vaccines at costs below private purchase alternatives.
Providers who opt in can receive select state-supplied vaccines, which can then be administered to each of the following:
- Uninsured adults;
- Adults with a participating payer (e.g., Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alaska, Aetna, etc.);
- Adults with a non-participating payer (e.g., Medicare, TRICARE); and
- Adults with an opt out payer (Employee Benefit Management Services (EBMS), etc.).
So what does all of this mean?
There is no charge for the vaccine, but SCHC does charge immunization administration fees.