Skilled Lab Team, Expert Partners, and Advanced Technology

We have a Skilled Lab Team 

Munson laboratories are staffed by:

  • Board-certified pathologists
  • Medical laboratory scientists
  • Medical laboratory technicians
  • Histotechnicians
  • Cytotechnologists
  • Transcriptionists
  • Laboratory assistants
  • Phlebotomists
  • Couriers

Each Munson Healthcare Lab is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and/or the Joint Commission, and also is certified in meeting all rigorous federal requirements of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA88). All Munson Healthcare Labs participate in regular proficiency testing.

Expert Lab Partners

Tests not performed at your local hospital or collection site are sent by courier to Munson Medical Center’s state-of-the-art automated laboratory for analysis. That means patients can have their blood drawn at a location near their home and be confident that the same team of Munson Healthcare experts will deliver timely, accurate reports and results to their health care provider. 

With Mayo on the Side

Complex testing not provided within Munson Healthcare is sent to our laboratory partner, Mayo Medical Laboratories, a global reference laboratory in Rochester, Minn. We are connected with the Mayo lab electronically, with all results residing in one electronic medical record.

We Use Tomorrow’s Technology Today

Munson Healthcare Labs are equipped with some of the latest technology available in health care today to speed diagnoses and ensure treatment begins as quickly as possible.


Munson Medical Center is the only hospital in northern Michigan with BioFire® technology, which currently is used mostly at academic medical centers. BioFire is used at Munson Medical Center to identify specific germs in patients showing symptoms of dangerous blood infections. The machine compares the patient’s DNA in a prepared sample of the blood, spinal fluid, or respiratory fluid with the DNA of yeast, fungi, viruses, and bacteria in its data base to quickly identify a foreign organism. This greatly reduces the time it takes to make an accurate diagnosis and begin life-saving treatment.

Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization – Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF)

Munson Medical Center also was one of the very first hospitals in Michigan to use new Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization – Time of Flight (MALDI-TOF) technology. This technology also drastically reduces the time it takes to identify bacteria and speeds targeted, therapeutic care. Up to 48 patient specimens can be analyzed on a single slide at once, with results for all 48 reported within 60 minutes. Additionally, E. coli or Salmonella cultures that previously took three days to grow and identify are now identified in about 24 hours.

Service Locations

Empire Community Health Center 9975 West Ottawa Ave. Empire, MI 49630 Get Directions
Grayling Community Health Center 1250 E. Michigan Ave. Grayling, MI 49738 989-348-0550 Get Directions
Grayling Hospital - Outpatient Services 1100 E. Michigan Ave. Grayling, MI 49738 Get Directions
Manistee Hospital - Outpatient Services 1465 E. Parkdale Ave. Manistee, MI 49660 Get Directions
Munson Outpatient Services - Benzonia 6227 Frankfort Hwy. Benzonia, MI 49616 Get Directions
Munson Outpatient Services – Chums Corner 4025 Chums Village Dr., Ste. C, Traverse City, MI 49685 231-392-7891 Get Directions
Munson Outpatient Services - Interlochen 1975 Stirling Dr. Interlochen, MI 49643 Get Directions
Munson Professional Building 1221 Sixth St. Traverse City, MI 49684 Get Directions
OMH Medical Group - Elmira 2572 North US-131 Elmira, MI 49730 Get Directions
OMH Medical Group - Indian River 3860 S. Straits Hwy. Indian River, MI 49749 231-238-0581 231-238-0586 Get Directions
OMH Medical Group - Lewiston 3040 Bourn St. Lewiston, MI 49756 989-786-4877 989-786-2187 Get Directions
OMH Professional Medical Building 829 N. Center Ave. Gaylord, MI 49735 Get Directions
Prudenville Community Health Center 2585 W. Houghton Lake Dr. Prudenville, MI 48651 989-366-2900 Get Directions
Wellston Outpatient Services 14477 Caberfae Hwy. (M-55) Wellston, MI 49689 No COVID-19 Testing Get Directions