Delta County Memorial Hospital Laboratory

Main Hospital Laboratory hours are 7-5:30 M-F and 8-12 on Saturday.

Patients must register with admissions prior to coming to the laboratory.

The Laboratory Department is staffed 24 hours per day. After hours patients can check in with the ER clerk who will call us when the patient is registered.

Delta County Memorial Hospital Laboratory is committed to providing quality laboratory services in a timely manner with exceptional customer service.

Our Laboratory offers 24-hour draws within the hospital in addition to draw stations in Paonia, Hotchkiss and Cedaredge, courier service and automated reporting processes.

Our professional staff are highly trained and dedicated to putting the patient first.

DCMH offers comprehensive laboratory services including routine and STAT testing. We provide a broad range of tests using advanced instrumentation and technically proven methodologies that delivers rapid and accurate laboratory results.

For those tests not performed on site, DCMH uses the Mayo Medical Laboratory in Rochester, Minnesota, as our primary reference lab.

We have been serving health care providers and their patients in Western Colorado more than 100 years.

Out-patient Laboratory Services
Hotchkiss Lab Hours
365 West Bridge Street (DCMH Family Medicine - Hotchkiss)
Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to Noon
Phone- 970-872-3800

Paonia Lab Hours
218 4th Street-Delta Montrose Technical College
Monday - Friday from 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Phone- 527-4820

Laboratory Professionals Honored at DCMH
Delta County Memorial Hospital is honoring some 35 hospital employees who are medical laboratory professionals. These hard working professionals work behind the scenes for the most part in the hospital laboratory performing critical testing for patients, using a number of complex and high technology diagnostic equipment. The DCMH lab is staffed 24-7 for emergency patients, as well as for in-patients.

There are more than 300,000 medical lab professionals who play a vital role in every aspect of health and often times are working behind the scenes performing and interpreting more than 10 billion lab tests each year in the US. Since the development of this career group in the 1920's, it has become one of the largest industries in this country.

Without lab professionals, patients would not be able to get accurate test results for their medical records and we would not have cures for a wide range of diseases. Medical Technologists know that 80 per cent of all diagnoses are based upon lab results. They work diligently to remain informed and trained on the latest technologies and competencies to assist in obtaining the most accurate and detailed test results for medical professionals in a time sensitive environment to help patients.

So what roles do medical lab professionals fill at the hospital? They are phlebotomists, those professionals who draw blood samples at health fairs, for in-patients and same day patients or patients and those coming to the hospital lab strictly for lab tests. The phlebotomists are responsible for the proper handling and processing of other fluids that arrive in the laboratory for testing. There are also Medical Technologists (MT- ASCP) who perform testing, manage quality control, competencies, continuing education, and supervise sections in the laboratory. The laboratory manager is a Medical Technologist who works with all of the employees in the lab, with the medical community, and with the Pathologist that directs the lab to manage the laboratory. There are medical laboratory technicians (MLT) who work "the bench" by running laboratory tests. There are couriers who transfer lab tests and blood samples to contractors who analyze the tests and samples and send the results to patient's physicians in a timely manner.

There are many different areas in the lab including hematology, toxicology, chemistry, microbiology, surgical pathology, blood bank, immunology, specimen processing, and phlebotomy.

With the public now demanding the assurance of quality health care and professional accountability, professional associations such as American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science have a responsibility to ensure that the public is well informed about clinical laboratory competency.