Blending high quality care with superior value, Valley Laboratories is a key component of Heartland Clinic’s unique approach to healthcare. Conveniently located within the Heartland campus, Valley Laboratories provides comprehensive, professional pathology services.

Many medical conditions, including all cases of cancer, must be diagnosed by removing a sample of tissue from the patient and sending it to a pathologist for examination. This procedure is called a biopsy. Any organ in the body can be biopsied using a variety of techniques, some of which require major surgery, while others do not even require local anesthesia. After the biopsy specimen is obtained by the doctor, it is sent for examination to another doctor, the anatomic pathologist, who reviews the biopsy under the microscope and prepares a written report with information designed to help the primary doctor manage the patient's condition properly.

The pathologist is a physician specializing in rendering medical diagnoses by examination of tissues, cells, and fluids removed from the body. To be a pathologist, a medical school graduate undertakes a four-year residency training program, after which he or she is eligible to take the examination given by the American Board of Pathology. On successful completion of this exam, this particular specialist is referred to as a "Board Certified Pathologist."

Directed by Board Certified Pathologist Dr. Pamela Papas, Valley Laboratories offers Heartland patients the added bonus of a pathologist specially trained in gastrointestinal disorders. Such specialization translates into uniquely focused treatment unavailable anywhere else in the Quad Cities. Because Valley Laboratories is part of the Heartland Clinic, care is delivered efficiently and effectively. Duplication of services is eliminated, results are delivered rapidly and communication between your physician and the pathologist is greatly enhanced. Such coordination allows Heartland Clinic to provide better care for you.