The North Valley Hospital laboratory offers small-hospital familiarity with the instrumentation of a large medical center. The laboratory is College of American Pathologist (CAP) certified and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certified. CAP certification is the highest regarded laboratory recognition in the country.
The lab is a modern, state-of-the-art facility staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week for inpatient and Emergency Department patients. Outpatient hours are preferred between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Arrangements for outpatient services can be made at other times by calling the laboratory staff. Lab tests require a physician order and registration at the north or south wayfinding desks at North Valley Hospital before they can be performed.
The laboratory staff consists of 13 clinical laboratory scientists and six phlebotomists/laboratory assistants. It also serves several local clinics, nursing homes, naturopathic physicians, chiropractors and veterinarians. A courier service equipped to appropriately handle and store samples is used for transporting specimens to reference laboratories approved by medical staff.
- Clinical chemistry
- Immunohematology (blood banking)
- Therapeutic drug monitoring
- Blood gas analysis
- Blood bank
- Cardiac risk assessment
Laboratory Services in Columbia Falls
The North Valley Hospital Laboratory also manages and staffs the CLIA certified laboratory in the North Valley Professional Center
in Columbia Falls. Regardless of where your doctor or health care provider is located, you can have your laboratory work done at this location. The hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Specimens are collected daily in Columbia Falls and processed through the North Valley Hospital laboratory.
College of American Pathologists (CAP) Accredited Laboratory
The CAP program is recognized by the federal government as being equal to, or more stringent than, the government’s own inspection program. The North Valley Hospital laboratory was awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of CAP since 1997. North Valley Hospital was congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.”
The CAP certification mark is a service mark owned by CAP and is used pursuant to a license from CAP.