Central Services

Central Services staff members in both Coralville and Ankeny provide support for the entire laboratory, including the purchase, tracking and distribution of supplies necessary for laboratory testing, and the processing of both incoming and outgoing packages and correspondence. Team members are certified in Hazmat shipping requirements for select packages, and a select group of specially trained personnel performs necropsy work to assist with rabies testing.

Central Services also creates and distributes analytical test collection kits to clients throughout Iowa and other states. In fiscal year 2013, that amounted to more than 100,000 kits for both environmental and public health testing. These include collection kits for influenza, blood lead, water testing and parasitology, as well as the collection cards for newborn screening. In support of the Iowa Neonatal Screening Program, the Ankeny Lab alone sent more than 23,000 pamphlets, 84,000 blood spot collection forms and 27,000 envelopes to facilities throughout Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

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