Laboratory - VA Western Colorado Health Care System
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VA Western Colorado Health Care System

 

Laboratory

General Information

The Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service provides a full range of clinical and diagnostic testing for physicians and other providers at the VA Western Colorado Health Care System (Medical Center, CBOC/Telehealth Centers, and Community Partners).  Our mission is to provide reliable, accurate, and timely laboratory services that enhance patient care, trust, and well-being.  The VA Western Colorado Health Care System Laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and is also inspected by the Food and Drug Administration and The Joint Commission. All lab orders must be placed in the computer system by your provider.  Your provider should tell you when they would like you to return for lab work.  The paperwork will also tell you if you need to be fasting before your lab work.

Outpatient Window Hours

Due to COVID-19, the hours of operation have changed.

The Laboratory’s new Main Lab Outpatient Window hours are:

Mon – Fri: 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sat, Sun, Holidays: Closed

Please allow for longer wait times than usual (up to one hour during busy mornings).

If you are sick with COVID-19 like symptoms, please do NOT go to the Laboratory for specimen collection. The Screener at the door will be able to direct you where to go.

Fasting Labs

Some tests (e.g., glucose, lipid panel, triglyceride) require fasting. Either your paperwork or your medical provider/team member will let you know if you need to fast. If you are instructed to fast prior to your lab work, please do not eat or drink anything for 8-12 hours before you come to the Laboratory. You may drink water only. Please check with your provider about what medications are okay to take while fasting.

Test Results

The Laboratory strives to have routine work completed the same business day and stats completed within one hour from the time the blood is brought to the Laboratory for testing. Specialized tests may take several days to a week to be completed (occasionally longer).

The Laboratory staff is not able to tell you your lab results.  The provider that ordered the test is responsible for providing you this information because they must interpret this information in relation to the rest of your clinical picture.

Most lab results are also available in My HealtheVet (https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/laboratory-lab-tests).  VA lab results (Chemistry/Hematology/Microbiology) are available three calendar days after they have been verified.  You must have a Premium account to view Microbiology results (https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/my-healthevet-va-microbiology-learn-more).  VA Pathology Reports (Surgical Pathology/Cytology) (https://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/my-healthevet-va-pathology) are available 14 calendar days after they have been completed.  It is best that the provider(s) discuss the lab results with you so you can understand what the results mean in relation to your clinical history and current health status.

Contact Info

Location

  • Building 1, Floor 2

Contact Number(s)

  • 970-263-2812

Hours of Operation

  • 7 days a week, 24 hours a day