Laboratory Services at Culbertson Memorial Hospital offers a full range of clinical laboratory services. A pathologist, assisted by highly educated technologists and technicians, heads these services. The laboratory is equipped with the latest instruments and technologies to assist in the analysis of body fluids, cells, and tissue. Studies show 70% of doctors decisions are made based on results from lab tests.

To contact lab personnel, please call (217) 322-5283. Our lab fax is (217) 322-6465.

Convenience

We know how busy life can be, so we want to make sure our patients know they can get their lab work done any day of the week at Culbertson Memorial Hospital with no appointment needed. Patients may also have their testing done during regular clinics hours at any of our Culbertson Clinics. In addition to accepting orders from Culbertson Clinic Providers, we also accept orders from all area providers.

Laboratory Hours

Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Results

We will send your results directly to your physician, many times on the same day. If you are patient of a Culbertson Clinic, you can access your results via your patient portal if you are registered.

Patient Instructions

When you arrive, enter through the main lobby and follow the signage or our receptionist will be glad to assist you. Please be sure to bring the lab test order if the doctor has given it to you, and your insurance card. If you are having a drug screen collected, you will also need a photo ID. Laboratory Services is situated next to our Emergency Department and MedSurg nurses desk. To contact lab personnel, please call (217) 322-5283.

Fasting

Some laboratory tests require fasting. The laboratory defines fasting as no food, (including candy, gum, and mints) drink or smoking for 8 - 12 hours before the blood is drawn. Patients may still take their medication with small amounts of water unless their physician has told them otherwise. Patients with questions about their fasting regimen may call the lab at (217) 322-5283.

Advanced Beneficiary Notice

When you are at the laboratory, you may be asked to sign an Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN). Medicare will not pay for certain tests that they consider experimental, screening, or not medically necessary. By signing an ABN, you are agreeing to be responsible for payment of these tests if the insurance company does not pay. You also have the right to refuse to have the test performed.

HIV Testing

If you are having an HIV test, you will be asked to sign a consent form that verifies that your doctor has explained the test to you. We cannot provide HIV testing without signed consent.

Some Tests We Perform Are:

The laboratory is CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) certified and is inspected by the Illinois Department of Public Health.