Early and correct diagnosis is a prerequisite for effective medical treatment. One of the first steps after a medical examination is often to take a blood sample and request the laboratory to carry out a number of tests. While many lab tests are used to diagnose, doctors in office and hospital practice often use lab test results as objective information to monitor and manage patient treatments. Lab tests are also widely used in disease prevention, for example, to screen populations or groups for hidden disease or risk factors. Lab test results provide the information for better decisions in health care.

The responsibility of the Lab is to perform tests that a physician feels are necessary for the treatment of inpatients, but the lab also provides services to Story Medical's surrounding clinics. Lab personnel provide phlebotomy services and Lab testing for several area care centers to help maintain the health of our seniors. As an Occupational Health Service provided to many Story County employers, the lab also performs drug screens for pre-employment and post-accident analysis.

Common Tests Offered at Story Medical

  • Chemistry
  • Hematology
  • Coagulation
  • Microbiology
  • Urinalysis
  • Blood bank 

Six employees staff the Story County Medical Center Laboratory. Each employee has earned accreditation by passing an examination by a national accrediting agency. CLIA, a part of the State of Iowa, inspects every detail of the lab facility and testing to ensure competency and safety. Our equipment is modern, well-maintained and meets standards through proficiency testing and quality control.