With such dramatic advancements in genetic disabilities it can leave a lot of room for questions. GGC’s commitment to providing support and answers to those impacted by genetic disorders extends beyond research. Find the answers you are looking for here, or contact us today.
Patient and Families
How do I get my test results?
If you have been seen at the Greenwood Genetic Center and have questions regarding testing performed at your appointment, please call the genetic counselor or geneticist with whom you met. They will be happy to review those results. If you had testing that was sent to the Greenwood Genetic Center Laboratory by another healthcare provider, please contact that ordering provider for results.
How do I get to your office?
GGC has five offices across South Carolina: Greenwood, Charleston, Columbia, Florence, and Greenville. Visit our Contact Us page
for directions and contact numbers for each office.
Prenatal genetic counseling
appointments are conducted at our offices as well as at Greenville Hospital
System’s Maternal Fetal Medicine office and Upstate Maternal Fetal Medicine. For other specialty clinics, contact the GGC office nearest you or the
healthcare provider who referred you for the address and directions.
How do I schedule a visit?
Appointments for a genetics visit require a referral from a healthcare provider. Discuss any questions with your provider and they can set up an appointment for you.
What can I expect from my visit?
It is difficult to determine what exactly will be discussed with each visit; however, you will want to be prepared to discuss the medical history of the
referred individual as well as the family history. Pediatric patients will frequently also have a brief physical exam. Any recommended or offered testing
will be thoroughly discussed before being initiated. You may also wish to review our patient information brochure, Preparing for Your Genetic Visit.
Why am I being referred?
Patients may be referred for a genetics evaluation for a variety of reasons.
Pediatric patients may be referred because their physician is concerned that there is a genetic background
to the patient’s symptoms (usually developmental delay, autism, growth problems, abnormal testing, etc).
Prenatal patients may be referred to discuss the options for prenatal testing, your family history,
or previous test results.
Cancer clinic referrals may be due to a personal and/or family history of cancer.
The genetic counselor or geneticist that will meet with you will be happy to further explain the reason(s) for your specific referral. You may also
wish to discuss this further with your physician who made the referral.
How can I contact GGC after hours for urgent questions?
Healthcare professionals can reach the geneticist on call after hours and on weekends by contacting our call service at 1-866-744-3934. This number should be used for questions regarding the care and/or testing of patients with genetic conditions. We encourage its use for only serious conditions.
How do I send a sample for testing?
For specimen collection and special shipping requirements, please refer to the individual test information. Contact the
laboratory at 1-800-473-9411 during regular business hours with any questions. You may contact our call service after hours to speak with the laboratory
geneticist on call at (866) 868-1748.
All specimens should be shipped by overnight delivery to:
Greenwood Genetic Center Diagnostic Laboratories
106 Gregor Mendel Circle Greenwood, SC 29646.
Saturday Deliveries: We are available to accept specimens on Saturdays between 10am and 2pm. FEDEX is our preferred carrier. Clearly mark the package For
Saturday Delivery. Please contact the laboratory prior to shipping with the tracking number, so we will be expecting the specimen. For fetal pathology
samples, please contact the fetal pathology office directly at (864) 388-1700 during regular business hours. After hours you can reach our clinical
geneticist on call through our call service at 1-866-744-3934.
Why would I refer a patient?
GGC clinicians are happy to evaluate patients across the lifespan for any genetic concern that may arise. The most common reasons for referral include:
Prenatal clinic – advanced maternal age, positive maternal serum screening, abnormal ultrasound findings, family history concerns or teratogenic exposure.
General Genetics clinics – developmental delay, birth defects, intellectual disability, autism, teratogenic exposure, or any features or health concerns that could be related to a genetic disorder.
Cancer Clinics – a strong personal or family history of breast and ovarian cancer or colorectal and uterine cancers (especially at young ages), patients with a family history of rare cancer syndromes.
Students and Educators
How do I schedule a visit and tour of GGC?
The Division of Education welcomes visits to our Greenwood campus by student groups, community organizations or any interested individuals. You may schedule a tour by contacting GGC’s Division of Education at firstname.lastname@example.org or (864) 388-1711 or complete the scheduling form for the Genetic Education Center.
What internship opportunities are available?
GGC encourages students to explore career opportunities in medical genetics through a shadowing program for interested high school students. College students may also apply for summer internships.
How many students/classes can the mobile lab see in one day?
GGC instructors can work with three of four block classes and/or five traditional classes. The Gene Machine mobile lab can accommodate 24 students per
class. Classes visited by the Helix Express will have supplies brought into the classroom and can accommodate up to 32 students.
How much do your educational programs cost?
GGC’s mobile laboratory program and visits/tours of the GGC campus are provided free of charge for SC public and private school classes, as well as virtual
school students and home school organizations.
What grades do you teach?
GGC’s mobile science laboratory program works with students in grades 7-12 as well as undergraduate classes.