The Laboratory at Gunnison Valley Health is proud to be accredited by The
College of American Pathologists (CAP), a prestigious accreditation not
easily upheld, as well as by The Joint Commission. We are staffed by board-certified
Medical Technologists and certified phlebotomists under the the direction
of two pathologists, Dr. Michael Benziger and Dr. Nicholas Radovich. Many
of our team members have been here at GVH for 10 years or more! The laboratory
staff works diligently to stay informed about and competent with today’s
ever-changing technologies. We strive to obtain the most accurate, efficient
and quality results in order to help you, the patient, be diagnosed and
treated without delay.
GVH Laboratory houses state-of-the-art equipment which enables us to perform
a broad range of laboratory testing not usually available in small hospitals.
In addition to our ample menu for performing blood, body fluid, culture,
and transfusion testing, we utilize Mayo Medical Laboratories as our primary
reference lab for the less common tests. These reference lab specimens
are delivered via air to Mayo Medical Laboratory, and the test results
are often available the next day.
Located within Gunnison Valley Hospital, the laboratory at Gunnison Valley
Health serves the entire Gunnison Valley. Specimens are couriered to the
lab from clinics in Crested Butte, Mt. Crested Butte, Gunnison and Lake
City. Pathology specimens (tissue biopsies and other “surgical”
specimens) are couriered out to Intermountain Pathology at Montrose Memorial
Hospital. Meanwhile, we are always working hard to provide rapid, accurate
test results for walk-in outpatients, the GVH Emergency Room, the Operating
Room, Obstetrics and hospital inpatients as well.
Pre-operative COVID-19 Testing
Gunnison Valley Health is offering pre-operative COVID-19 testing for community
members who are undertaking their procedure at Gunnison Valley Hospital
or at another hospital outside of our County. Although the COVID-19 testing
will be performed at Gunnison Valley Health, the procedures are different
depending on where you will receive your elective surgery. For more information,
please download the following documents:
Antibody Testing for COVID-19
Gunnison Valley Health’s Laboratory now performs COVID-19 Antibody
(IgG) testing for the community. This test will help find out if you have
antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19. It is also designed to gather
more epidemiological data for our hospital and community.
All tests will be administered at a $75 cost due at the time of service.
For more information on
Antibody Testing, click here.
Need Lab Tests?
Gunnison Valley Health Laboratory requires a signed order by a Licensed
Independent Practitioner. This order can be faxed directly to Outpatient
Registration at 970-641-7211.
If you are from out of town, welcome! Make sure your signed order also
gives us the phone number and fax number of the doctor who will be awaiting
Outpatients who come to the hospital for lab tests should first
register at the front desk in the lobby at the main entrance. Don’t forget to bring your
insurance information and a form of identification! Take your morning medications as usual UNLESS your doctor has instructed
differently. Some blood tests require
8-12 hours of fasting. (Drinking water is O.K.) Please ask your doctor or call the laboratory
at 970-641-7259 to find out what preparations you may need to make.
We look forward to serving you!
HOURS: Mon. – Fri. 7:30 am – 6:00 pm • Sat. 9:00 am – Noon
(On Saturdays please enter the hospital through the Emergency Room walk-in
entrance and register as an outpatient there at the ER desk.)
Gunnison Valley Health Laboratory
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-641-7259