Specimen Processor

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Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Why Join Michigan Medicine?

Michigan Medicine is one of the largest health care complexes in the world and has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the opening of the U-M Medical School in 1850. Michigan Medicine is comprised of over 30,000 employees and our vision is to attract, inspire, and develop outstanding people in medicine, sciences, and healthcare to become one of the world?s most distinguished academic health systems.  In some way, great or small, every person here helps to advance this world-class institution. Work at Michigan Medicine and become a victor for the greater good.

What Benefits can you Look Forward to?

  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage effective on your very first day
  • 2:1 Match on retirement savings


Specimen Processing and Handling: 

  • Transport: (pickup specimens from all inpatient units).
  • Spidering: Transport specimens to UMHS laboratories and internal storage of specimens.
  • Receiving:   Scan in barcoded specimens, reconcile problems and distribute.
  • Specimen Handling: Receive, sort and distribute specimens to work benches.
  • Centrifuge & Storage:  Receive specimens in centrifuge for processing, centrifuge, aliquoting and storage. Prepare Sendouts for reference labs. Document all problems. Scan all Sendout paperwork.
  • Urine Processing:  Receive urine specimens, order entry, weigh, pour/aliquot and pass or store. Document all problems.
  • Pneumatic Tube Receipt:  Receive form tube port open, distribute, deliver and reconcile problems.

Computer Data Entry: 

  • Enter laboratory test orders into the computer system.
  • Order Entry:  Place test orders from patient requisition, label and distribute.
  • Scan:  Scan all required requisitions and attachments for patient orders.

Process Mi-Chart Orders: 

  • Receive lookup and print MI-chart test labels and label specimens.
  • Receive manage and process Add-test requests for Outpatient and Inpatients.
  • Receive and reconcile Mi-Chart unreleased orders and problem orders.

Customer Service: 

  • Provide total customer focus to meet the needs of every customer, internal and external, including medical staff, laboratory staff, MLABS clients, patients, and families.
  • Reconcile incoming problems for all patient locations. Complete all required documentation. 

Quality Assurance: 

  • Quality Assurance of all order entry performed by Specimen Processing ? as assigned to staff person.


  • Comply with safety instructions and observe safe work practices.
  • Practice all BSP standards as specified for our unit.

Communication and Teamwork: 

  • Use effective communication including written, verbal, and information technology skills. Work effectively with other to accomplish goals.

Mandatories, Continuing Education, Competencies and Training: 

  • Complete yearly departmental mandatories as required.
  • Attend departmental, assigned and/or requested continuing education training, classes, etc.
  • Complete yearly competencies as assigned.
  • Comply with ongoing training.

Other duties: 

  • Additional assignments as assigned by supervision or manager.

Required Qualifications*

In order to be considered for this position the applicant must have met or will have met all the required qualifications prior to the start date of employment.

  • A high school diploma or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 
  • Ability to walk 3-5 miles, climb and descend 6 flights of stairs, lift up to 10 lbs., and bend at approximately a 45-degree angle multiple times within an eight-hour shift required.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Ability to perform repetitive motion and be familiar with the pneumatic tube system desired.

Work Schedule

This full time, 40-hour position is on the night shift and will include rotating weekends and holidays with other staff.

Additional Information

$1500.00 sign-on bonus available

Union Affiliation

This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by the United Michigan Medicine Allied Professionals (UMMAP), which represents bargaining unit members in all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act. Pre-employment drug testing applies to all selected candidates, including new or additional faculty and staff appointments, as well as transfers from other U-M campuses.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.