Marcus Daly Laboratory
Clinical Labs in Ravalli County
Welcome to the Marcus Daly Laboratory Department. Our primary lab has been
conveniently relocated to a central location within the hospital to allow
for better communication and faster turnaround. We also manage many multiple
satellite locations throughout Ravalli County so local residents can have
access to a convenient location close to home.
The Marcus Daly Laboratory Team is comprised of ten scientists, each having
their Bachelor of Science degree, as well as a support team highly-skilled
in customer service, specimen processing, and phlebotomy. The Laboratory’s
Medical Director is a Pathologist who provides bi-monthly onsite reviews,
is available for consultation, and assists the
Imaging Department with fine needle aspirations. Collectively, the Marcus Daly Laboratory
team has over 200 years of experience. Each clinical team member has a
National Registry certification by either the American Society of Clinical
Pathology (ASCP) or the American Medical Technologists (AMT).
What Does a Clinical Lab Do?
Where did the blood sample go that I gave in the doctor's office? How
did my doctor diagnose my disease? How did my doctor confirm that my cholesterol
was high or my thyroid was not working or that I was having a baby? These
are just a few of the issues addressed by the Marcus Daly Memorial Hospital
The Laboratory team works together while operating sophisticated technology
and instruments to determine confirm, rule out, or aid in a diagnosis.
They also provide specimen testing and can help monitor treatment to ensure
it is working as expected.
Our lab technicians are medical professionals who work quickly and precisely.
The information they give to the medical provider influences 70% of the
medical treatment a patient receives. They are vital members of the health
care team, and play a critical role in collecting the information needed
to give the best care to a sick or injured patient.
Our Lab Services & Hours
The Marcus Daly Laboratory is a full-service department open 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week, servicing hospital departments, medical clinics and
many local businesses. Walk-in patients are welcome during the hours of
7:30am to 5pm from Monday through Friday and 8am to 2pm on weekends and
holidays. The department is inspected annually to verify compliance with
the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA). This assures our patients,
the community and our partners that the Marcus Daly Laboratory is monitored
for accuracy and competency.
Most laboratory services are available and processed onsite at the Marcus
Daly Laboratory. The services range from blood bank and chemistry to surgical
specimens. Below is a list of most of the specimens collected at your
local hospital’s laboratory:
Blood Bank (Immunohematology): The blood type, antibody screen and cross match results are used to determine
what blood products are safe to administer.
Chemistry: Includes Lipid, PSA, TSH, Vitamin D, and Cardiac Markers.
Hematology: Includes CBC, anemia monitoring, and aids in diagnosis of leukemia
Microbiology Culture: Includes Sensitivities and Molecular Testing and determines if antibiotics
are necessary and which antibiotic is most appropriate.
Coagulation Protimes: Monitors patients taking Warfarin Coumadin with PT/INR, PTT for heparin
therapy monitoring, and Fibrinogen. DDimer is a test to determine if a
patient may have deep vein thrombosis or blood clots in the lungs.
Serology Screenings: HCG for pregnancy, Mono for mononucleosis, and Amnisure for OB patient
with premature rupture of the amniotic membrane, HPylori, and Occult blood
for stool or emesis. RA rheumatoid for arthritis.
Urinalysis Screening: For infection, kidney stones and to determine drugs taken.
Surgical Specimens, including Pap Smears: To determine any disease process present in gastric, colon, and breast tissue.
Common Tests/Screenings that Require Fasting:
- Lipid Panel
- Basic Metabolic Panel
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
- Glucose Testing
Whether you are an inpatient or your care provider sent you for a specific
test, we process results accurately and quickly to ensure your medical
provider has the information needed to provide quality care.