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Laboratory Services

Picture of a Lab with staffLaboratory results matter! You can be assured the VGH Laboratory Services has a state-of-the-art laboratory testing facility and a team of dedicated and experienced laboratory professionals always at the ready.

Skilled laboratory technicians with a combined 107 years of services promptly, and with careful attention to detail process each specimen with care in our climate-controlled laboratory to ensure your results are absolutely accurate.

Our Laboratory Services strictly follows industry standard procedures, adheres to established laboratory protocols, and recognizes that a majority of clinical decisions are affected by laboratory results. Not sure what to expect about your upcoming lab? Visit our FAQ section below!

Services we Offer:

Diagnostic Tests

Our clinical laboratory testing services include: blood tests, body fluid testing, tissue pathology and cytology, health screening and monitoring tests, and drug screening and testing.

Specimen Collection

Specimen (e.g., blood tests, body fluid testing, tissue pathology, etc.) collection is an integral part of Laboratory Services. Our standardized procedures for specimen collection ensure valid and timely laboratory results.

Medication Monitoring

Therapeutic medication monitoring is aimed at improving patient care by individually adjusting the dose of drugs for which clinical experience or clinical trials have shown it improved outcome in the general or special populations.

General Wellness Screenings

Regular physical exams and health screening tests are an important part of your healthcare. Your test results provide a snapshot of your current health and reveal opportunities to make healthy changes. Health screening tests can also help detect problems early, which is often the key to successful treatment.

Children and Well-Baby Screenings

All children need to have regular well child check-ups. Good health care helps create a good foundation for growth and development. Regardless of age, well child check-ups are important for all infants, children and adolescents. Don’t take good health for granted. Sometimes a child who appears healthy has a hidden medical problem. Well child care is important so problems can be found early.

Laboratory Services – Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need an appointment?

Not necessarily. We welcome anyone that needs laboratory testing; however, we serve our patients who have made an appointment first and will work to make any possible wait time as short as possible. You can call 472-6195 to make an appointment.

What are your hours?

Currently, our blood draw station is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please call 472-6195 to make arrangements for a different time.

Do I need to be fasting for my laboratory test?

It depends on which tests your medical provider has ordered for you. Many chemistry tests require a 8-12 hour fast prior to the blood draw in order to obtain the most accurate analysis of your condition, especially lipid/cholesterol testing. It is always acceptable to drink water prior to laboratory testing.

How long do tests take?

Depending on the test performed, most tests are completed and reported to your ordering healthcare provider within about 24 hours of receiving the sample for testing. Certain tests take several days to weeks. Results are sent directly to the ordering healthcare professional. Please ask your healthcare provider to contact you when your test results have been received.