More than 10 billlion laboratory tests are performed each year in the United States. This testing provides vital information to physicians for disease diagnosis and monitoring patientís progress. Lab testing occurs behind the scenes, yet plays
a vital role in helping physicians diagnose disease and monitor
Quality results and timely availability of information to physicians and
patients drive our laboratory operations. Full clinical and pathology
services for the analysis of blood, urine and other specimens are
We offer on-site testing in the areas of blood bank, blood gas
testing, chemistry and immunochemistry, hematology, microbiology,
serology, urinalysis, specimen collection and processing, result reporting
and referral to a reference lab as required.
Pathology and cytology
are provided through SEMC Pathology of Highland Illinois, which provides
pathology coverage for many area hospitals. Lab testing is
performed by registered technologists and technicians under the direction of
board certified pathologists. Washington County Hospital Laboratory
is fully certified by JCAHO.
Services are available to patients of all ages. Lab testing is
available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for all inpatient and emergency
patients. Outpatient hours are Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturdays
mornings, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Most on-site testing is available on a STAT
basis. Results are faxed directly to the physician when completed. In
addition to providing specific testing on physiciansí orders, the
Laboratory also participates in annual Health Fair testing events. The
Laboratory staff also collect DOT and non-DOT drug tests and perform
alcohol testing for a variety of area employers
No appointment is necessary, although a physicians order is required.
For more information, please call the Laboratory at (618) 327-2264.