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Ginny’s Story

Middletown resident Ginny Simonson uses the convenience of the Grand Avenue site for her blood draws. Her cardiologist has her on Coumadin® (warfarin), a blood thinner used to treat certain medical problems usually associated with the heart, blood vessels, lungs, and brain. The dosage and administration of Coumadin® must be individualized for each patient. In order to determine a particular patient's dosage, the lab must calculate his or her Prothrombin Time (PT) and International Normalization Ration (INR) response to the drug.

To do so, the lab derives the correct PT, then calculates a standardizing ratio to derive a value called the INR. Once the proper level of anti-coagulation is attained, the testing is ordered less frequently but on a regular basis. Because the smallest changes in diet or an infection can alter the way that each person metabolizes Coumadin®, blood levels need to be checked often, usually on a weekly to monthly basis.

“The lab is a wonderful place,” said Ginny. “It’s only two minutes from my house and has easy parking. I walk right in and never have to wait more than five minutes.”

Ginny often takes magazines and cookies into the lab. She said everyone there is a friend, especially the phlebotomist Nancy Smith, who she’s known for years.

“Nancy is caring, knowledgeable, thoughtful, and compassionate,” said Ginny. “I've been stuck by her for many, many years!”

“I always have a good experience there,” Ginny explained. “The whole staff is extremely professional and I would definitely refer anyone to the Atrium Lab Services.”

Content Updated: December 3, 2014

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These Atrium Medical Center locations offer Diagnostics & Imaging Services.
Diagnostics and Imaging at Atrium Medical Center
One Medical Center Dr. Middletown, OH  45005
Diagnostics and Imaging at Atrium Medical Center – Trenton
3590 Busenbark Rd. Trenton, OH  45067
Diagnostics and Imaging at The Wilbur and Mary Jean Cohen Women's Center
200 Medical Center Dr. Middletown, OH  45005
Diagnostics and Imaging on Grand Ave.
4214 Grand Ave. Middletown, OH  45044
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