Services

Laboratory

Chase County Community Hospital Laboratory offers an extensive range of services to meet the needs of the patients of Chase County and surrounding areas.  The clinical laboratory is staffed with round-the-clock coverage, seven days a week and is equipped to accommodate the growing volume of tests we perform.  Up to 80% of diagnostic information is collected and processed in the lab to aid physicians and allied health professionals in determining the best treatment for an illness.

Nebraska Health and Human Services grants have provided equipment and training to ensure laboratory preparedness for bioterrorism events.

SERVICES/TESTS

Routine and Special Chemistry • Hematology • Coagulation • Immunology/Serology • Microbiology • Blood Banking and Transfusion Medicine • Therapeutic Drug Analysis • Endocrinology • Urinalysis • Drugs of Abuse Analysis • DOT Collections • DNA Collections

Although most testing can be performed on a walk-in basis, we prefer that patients schedule an appointment.  Certain tests MUST be scheduled in advance.  These tests include: therapeutic phlebotomy, glucose tolerance testing, drug screening—DOT and non-DOT.

Please call (308) 882-7365 to schedule an appointment.

HEALTH FAIR LAB DRAWS—“MY HEALTH TUESDAY"

Take control of your health by participating in My Health Tuesday.  Direct access laboratory testing and body composition screening are offered the second Tuesday of every month from 7:30-11:30 a.m. in Imperial and 7:30-9:00 a.m. in Wauneta. For more information and to download order and consent please click here.

A provider's order is not required, and payment is out of pocket.

Please call (308) 882-7365 to schedule your lab draw.

Outpatient Hours:  

Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:00 to Noon. Closed on Sunday.

Available 24/7 for Emergencies.

Contact Info: Call 308-882-7241 or 7283

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

My provider has instructed me to fast for my laboratory blood work.  How long should I fast?  The requirement for most fasting laboratory tests is a fast of at least 12 - 14 hours prior to specimen collection. 

Which laboratory tests require a fasting specimen?  Fasting Blood Sugar, Lipid Profile (cholesterol, triglyceride, HDL), Thyroid Profile (fasting is preferred but not required).

I need to obtain a stool specimen for testing.  Are there any special requirements for collection of a stool specimen?  For requirements, please call the Laboratory at 308-882-7241.

My provider has instructed me to collect a urine specimen.  Are there any special requirements?  A clean-catch first morning urine specimen is the best, and the specimen must be refrigerated.  For 24-hour urine collections, special requirements are necessary.  Prior to collection of any urine specimen, please call the Laboratory at 308-882-7241.

I have had a mastectomy.  Are there special requirements as to where blood may be drawn from me?  Usually your physician will instruct you to inform those who may be drawing blood not to draw from the same arm or in close proximity to the mastectomy site. The patient must be assertive in informing the health care worker of personal health history and special instructions.

My provider has ordered a laboratory test on me.  Do I come directly to the Lab upon arrival at the hospital? No, you must first register in Admissions prior to coming to the Lab. Your provider will submit an order to the lab via our electronic medical record system, fax a copy, or send the order with you.  If the order is sent with you, bring it to the lab.  If an admissions clerk is not available, please come directly to the laboratory.  We will need a copy of your driver's license and insurance card.  You will be asked to sign a consent at that time.  PLEASE VERIFY WITH THE ORDERING PROVIDER THAT AN ORDER HAS BEEN SENT--OUR FAX # IS 308-882-7281 AND OUR PHONE # IS 308-882-7241.

How much time should I allow for registration and collection of specimens for my laboratory tests? Please allow at least 20 minutes for routine registration and specimen collection.  Certain circumstances may increase this time.  Please ring the doorbell outside of the lab to notify us of your arrival. If someone has not spoken with you in 10 minutes, please ring the doorbell again.

Can the laboratory technician give me the results of my testing?  No, the provider or one of their staff members will inform you of your results.  You may also request a copy from the Health Information Department.  If you have registered for the patient portal, results will be available there.