The laboratory at Wheeling Hospital is a full service clinical laboratory that offers patients and physicians a convenient and high quality testing service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Routine and esoteric procedures are performed daily to provide physicians with diagnostic information as rapidly as possible. Enhancements in the medical technology field are constantly being reviewed and evaluated for the benefit of patients’ health.

State-of-the-art automation and computerization, combined with a highly skilled technical and support staff, provide better patient care. The staff physicians are board-certified pathologists. The medical technologists, medical laboratory technicians and cytotechnologists are licensed by the State of West Virginia and are registered with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists or the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel.

  • Accreditation, Licensing and Memberships
  • Center for Disease Control l 47-1006
  • College of American Pathologists 13909-01
  • Public Health Service, Food and Drug Administration 1171359
  • Department of Health & Human Services, Health Care Financing Administration CLIA ID 1D0235691
  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
  • National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards
  • West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
  • West Virginia Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Proficiency testing services provided by the College of American Pathologists

Specimen Collection Services

Monday through Friday: 6:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday: 7 am to noon

After registering in the Outpatient Registration Department located near the Tower 4 entrance, patients go to the laboratory where the tests will be ordered and the specimens will be collected as efficiently as possible. All routine blood draws are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

If a doctor gives the specimen to the patient for delivery to the lab, the patient must register in the Outpatient Registration Department before delivering the specimen. Physicians may also collect specimens in their offices and submit then directly to the laboratory with patients’ insurance information. In this situation, patients will not have to go to the laboratory.

A few specimens, such as 24-hour urine specimens, are collected by the patient at home. Instructions are provided by the laboratory. Patients must register in the Outpatient Registration Department before dropping off the specimens.

As a convenience to patients, additional specimen collection facilities are available. See the Affiliated Laboratories and Collection Sites on the Blood Collection page for more information.

Patient Preparation

To expedite lab visits patients should:

  • Register in Outpatient Registration and bring insurance card.
  • Bring doctor’s orders. The lab cannot perform testing without a physician’s orders. The lab accepts orders from all physicians, including those not in the local area.
  • Follow doctor’s instructions. A physician may advise that some tests can only be collected at certain times during the day, or only on select days during the week, or after a period of fasting.

Fasting Requirements

For most lab tests, a fasting specimen is preferred but not required. The physician should specify if fasting is necessary. The tests listed below require fasting so that an accurate result may be obtained. This means the patient should not eat or drink (except for water) for the length of time indicated below prior to having their blood drawn. The patient should take regularly scheduled medications.

Patients should fast 10-12 hours before having the following tests drawn:

  • Fasting Glucose
  • Glucose Tolerance
  • Lipid Panel
  • Triglycerides

Blood Collection

After cleansing the area, a needle is inserted into a vein just underneath the skin and the blood is collected into a tube or syringe.

An exam table is available for patients who prefer to lie down during the procedure. Notify the lab receptionist.

Those who usually bruise easily may develop a hematoma (a black and blue mark) at the draw site. To minimize this, apply pressure to the site for several minutes and elevate the arm. If a large bump or swelling occurs, call the physician or the lab for further instructions.

Wheeling Hospital laboratory is not a draw site for health insurance agencies that require all testing is to be done at a specified reference laboratory. Check with the health insurer for drawing locations.

Affiliated Laboratories and Collection Sites

West Virginia

Wheeling Hospital
1 Medical Park
Wheeling, WV 26003

304-243-3220
Monday through Friday: 6:30 am to 5:30 pm
Saturday: 7 am to noon

Wheeling Clinic
58 16th Street
Wheeling, WV 26003

304-234-2175
Monday through Friday: 8 am to 4:30 pm

Wellsburg Clinic
1423 Commerce Street
Wellsburg, WV 26070

304-737-4336
Monday through Friday: 7 am to 3:30 pm

Ohio

Harrison Community Hospital
951 E Market Street
Cadiz, OH 43907

740-942-6213
Monday through Friday 6 am to 6 pm
Saturday 8 am to noon

Bellaire Health Center
3000 Guernsey Street
Bellaire, OH 43906

740-676-4623
Monday through Friday: 7:30 am to 3:15 pm

St. Clairsville Health Center
51339 National Road East
St. Clairsville, OH 43950

740-695-8288
Monday through Friday: 7 am to 3:30 pm

 

Results and Reporting

Most routine tests are analyzed and reported on the same day. A few specialized tests and cultures may take several days to complete, including those tests sent to one of the hospital’s reference laboratories.

Patient personal information and test results will not be released to anyone without the patient’s permission, except for authorized entities such as ordering, attending and consulting physicians, government agencies or insurance companies for billing purposes. See the privacy statement on the Wheeling Hospital home page.

Patients can view their test results on Follow My Health. Patients can call the Medical Records Department at 304-243-3306 to request a physical copy.

The laboratory staff members are not authorized to release results to patients.

The patient’s physician, not the laboratory staff, will interpret test results.

Charges and Billing

The lab will invoice the majority of health insurers, as well as Medicare and Medicaid, for laboratory tests.