The Gritman Medical Center Laboratory performs more than 140,000 tests each year. We are the only laboratory on the Palouse to provide in-house, automated blood bank services with antibody identification and phenotyping. We’re also the only lab in the Pacific Northwest to offer prostate health index testing. We offer a full-service microbiology department.
Our lab is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Visit our Imaging/Lab registration window located next to the Courtyard Café Monday — Friday, 6 a.m. — 6:30 p.m. For service outside of those hours, simply check in at the Emergency Department desk.
Gritman’s state-of-the-art capabilities automate 90 percent of our testing, ensuring the fastest possible turnaround times. Our eight phlebotomists and 12 nationally-certified lab technicians and medical technologists all have degrees in chemistry, medical technology or biosciences. Gritman’s Online Test Directory provides information on all tests offered. This enables patients and physicians to gather information regarding test results and sample collection.
Through our community wellness panel, we offer discounted lab tests and screenings available to those who want to keep track of their wellness. These tests do not need to be ordered by a physician. Payment is required at the time of service. Our commitment to the community is also demonstrated through our relationship with Vitalant and quarterly blood drives, enabling us to provide blood products to patients throughout the Pacific Northwest.
We also offer DOT (Department of Transportation) drug screen and alcohol collections and operate our own courier service for speedy sample pick-up and delivery across the region. Gritman is a Sentinel Laboratory for the State of Idaho.
Lab results are most often sent directly to your doctor, who will then share them with you in the context of your overall health and wellness. If you would like a copy of the results, you must sign a release of authorization.
‘That was just a really beautiful thing as not everybody is able to see through the disability to see that human piece of him who just wants to understand what’s happening.’
Sometimes it is a simple gesture of kindness and compassion that makes all the difference – as was the case for Kelli Sowa and her teenage son, Gabe, during an appointment at Gritman Medical Center.