For Healthcare Professionals
The role of diagnostic and predictive genetic testing in healthcare is growing. A genetic testing referral helps physicians provide the best possible
care for their patients and chart a course of action when appropriate.
The Greenwood Genetic Center is a non-profit organization that is advancing the field of medical genetics through research, education and patient
care. GGC's main campus is located in Greenwood, South Carolina with satellite offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence, and Greenville. Services
include clinical genetic services, diagnostic laboratory testing, research, and educational programs that provide important resources for patients
in need. See a list of all of our clinical locations.
When it’s Time for a Genetic Consultation
Healthcare professionals refer patients for clinical services at the Greenwood Genetic Center when a patient has symptoms or features that could
be caused by a genetic disorder or has a family history or a predisposing condition that indicates risk for a hereditary condition. GGC clinicians
are experienced in evaluating patients at all stages of life and for any genetic concern. Areas of concentration include:
- General Genetics Clinics – Children or adults may benefit from genetic services
when they present with autism, birth defects, developmental delay, intellectual disability, teratogenic exposure, or any features that
may indicate an inherited condition or syndrome.
- Metabolic Genetics Clinics – Children or adults with features suggestive of
a metabolic or mitochondrial disorder are seen in our metabolic clinics. Clinical biochemical geneticists, genetic counselors, dietitians,
and neuropsychologists assess, diagnose, treat, and follow patients with a variety of metabolic disorders. Infants diagnosed through newborn
screening are followed through these clinics as well.
- Cancer Clinics – Genetic counseling for patients with a strong personal and/or
family history of cancer can help them explore their true risks, possible genetic testing options, and risk management. The most common
referrals are for patients with breast, ovarian, colorectal and/or uterine cancers. However, any patients with a family history of any
cancer types may also benefit from referral.
- Prenatal Clinics — Couples planning a family and pregnant women are
frequently referred to GGC for preconceptional or prenatal risk assessments. Advanced maternal age, family history concerns, abnormal ultrasound
findings and positive maternal serum screening are among the reasons physicians seek genetic counseling for their patients. Prenatal services
are available in Greenville.
- DDSN Clinic - Clients served by the SC Department of Disabilities
and Special Needs are evaluated by a genetics team to assist in making a diagnosis, determining recurrence risk, and coordinating a plan
for medical care and treatment. Clients may be referred to any of the GGC offices by their DDSN caseworker or provider.
The process for referral is uncomplicated. FAX referral forms are available for each GGC clinic, except prenatal. The professional staff at GGC
welcomes questions and can help direct primary physicians to the most convenient GGC location. Call 1-888-442-4363 for more information, or
fill out a referral form and we’ll contact you as soon as possible to schedule your patient.
Laboratory Testing at the Greenwood Genetic Center
Appropriate clinical management depends upon a timely and accurate diagnosis. GGC’s diagnostic laboratories perform
200 tests with unparalleled customer service, dependable turnaround times and competitive pricing in the following
- Biochemical Genetics
- Molecular Genetics
GGC works with healthcare professionals to make the genetic testing referral process easy and provide their patients with the vital information
they need. Instructions for specimen collection are specific to each test, and we accept samples for Saturday delivery.
If you are a healthcare professional seeking information about genetic test, call us at 1-800-473-9411 for more information, or fill out a form
and we’ll contact you as soon as possible. For your convenience, a GGC laboratory geneticist is also available after hours to answer any questions
that may arise. Call 866-868-1748 for questions after regular business hours.