Services

A wide array of functions

UW Health offers many types of clinical laboratory services, including:

  • Blood count

  • Urinalysis

  • Cholesterol tests

  • Hemoglobin tests

  • Spinal fluid analysis

  • Liver function tests

  • Immunology and allergy testing

  • Diagnostic testing

  • Transfusion medicine

  • Pathology

  • Therapeutic drug monitoring

Locations

Here when you need us

UW Health labs are located within our community clinics and provide lab work on-site as part of your routine medical care.

Our hospitals offer lab service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with most tests performed on-site, allowing our caregivers to provide care to their patients quickly.

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  • 1 S. Park Clinic - Laboratory
    • 1 S. Park St. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 287-2690
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  • 20 S. Park Clinic - Laboratory
    • 20 S. Park St. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 287-2085
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  • American Family Children's Hospital - Laboratory
    • 1675 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 890-8162
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  • Arboretum Clinic - Laboratory
    • 1102 S. Park St. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-7500
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  • Beaver Dam Clinic - Laboratory
    • 705 S. University Ave., Suite 200 / Beaver Dam, WI
    • (920) 887-9272
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  • Cottage Grove Clinic - Laboratory
    • 4590 County Road N / Cottage Grove, WI
    • (608) 839-3104
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  • Cross Plains Clinic - Laboratory
    • 2418 Brewery Rd. / Cross Plains, WI
    • (608) 798-3344
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  • DeForest-Windsor Clinic - Laboratory
    • 4131 Meridian Dr. / Windsor, WI
    • (608) 846-3741
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  • Digestive Health Center Laboratory
    • 750 University Row / Madison, WI
    • (608) 890-5030
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  • East Clinic - Laboratory
    • 5249 E. Terrace Dr. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-1260
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  • Fitchburg Clinic - Laboratory
    • 5543 E. Cheryl Pkwy. / Fitchburg, WI
    • (608) 274-5300
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  • Fort Atkinson Clinic - Laboratory
    • 1620 Mehta Lane / Fort Atkinson, WI
    • (920) 563-5544
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  • Mt. Horeb Clinic - Laboratory
    • 600 N. 8th St. / Mt Horeb, WI
    • (608) 437-3064
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  • Odana Atrium Clinic - Laboratory
    • 5618 Odana Rd. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 274-1100
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  • Oregon Clinic - Laboratory
    • 137 S. Main St. / Oregon, WI
    • (608) 835-5588
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  • Portage Clinic - Laboratory
    • 2977 County Hwy. CX / Portage, WI
    • (608) 742-3004
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  • Stoughton Clinic - Laboratory
    • 1001 Nygaard St. / Stoughton, WI
    • (608) 877-2660
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  • Union Corners Clinic - Laboratory
    • 2402 Winnebago Street / Madison, WI
    • (608) 245-6124
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  • University Hospital - Laboratory
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-7060
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  • University Station Clinic - Laboratory
    • 2880 University Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-7642
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  • UW Health at The American Center - Laboratory
    • 4602 Eastpark Blvd. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 234-6600
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  • West Clinic - Laboratory
    • 451 Junction Rd. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-7460
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  • West Towne Clinic - Laboratory
    • 7102 Mineral Point Rd. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 828-7640
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  • Yahara Clinic - Laboratory
    • 1050 East Broadway / Monona, WI
    • (608) 222-8779
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Specialties

Specialty services

Patient test results: Patient lab reports are available internally through Health Link. Please check the electronic record before reaching out to the lab. Reports for referring providers outside of UW Health will be faxed.

Test specification information: Upon request, we will share information regarding test methods, reference intervals and performance specifications.

Phone inquiries: If you have questions regarding what testing is available, specimen requirements, test results or patient report fax requests, please contact us.

Client services: (608) 263-7060

Specialties

  • Breast/gynecologic

  • Bone/soft tissue

  • Breast

  • Consultations and reference laboratory services

  • Dermatopathology

  • ENT (Ear, nose and throat)

  • Gastrointestinal

  • Gynecologic

  • Hematopathology

  • Lung

  • Liver

  • Mohs

  • Neuromuscular

  • Ocular

  • Pediatric

  • Renal

UW Health Clinical Policy 2.5.4, Pathology Examination of Patient Materials, describes the requirements for submission, identification, handling and release of tissue specimens, including exemptions and guidelines for limited examination.

Specialty labs

We offer a full range of laboratory services including complete processing of tissue and consultation on slides prepared elsewhere. We provide accurate interpretation to support treatment and management of biopsies from skin, subcutaneous tissues, mucous membranes, hair and nails.

UW Health West Clinic
451 Junction Rd
Madison, WI 53717
(608) 265-1681
Fax: (608) 263-3020

We receive a wide variety of tissue specimens from the operating rooms and clinics for consultation and diagnosis. Gross and microscopic examination, frozen section and a variety of staining techniques are used in the diagnostic process.

Call (608) 263-8443
7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday

Autopsy pathology is provided for UW Health patients and as an outreach program through the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Pathology. UW Health Clinical Policy 3.3.8 describes the procedure to obtain permission for an autopsy. The UW Department of Pathology also offers autopsy consultation services.

Call (608) 890-7075
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday

Our cytopathology lab specializes in the diagnoses of malignancy.  Services include gynecological, non-gynecological and fine needle aspiration.

Specific test and collection information on all Cytology specimens can be found in the Laboratory Test Directory (pdf). Search by "Cytology" to locate tests and collection instructions. For related tests not performed in Cytology, search by "HPV," "BK Virus" or "PSC."

PAP and HPV Testing: Frequently Asked Questions (pdf)

Presence of BK is reported if detected on urine cytology. Only qualitative results are rendered. For quantitative results, send specimens to the Molecular Diagnostics Lab.

Provider resources

Helpful information

Case/slide reviews are available on all cytologic specimens. Final reports on all consults are issued within 48 hours of receipt.

8am-5pm, Monday–Friday
Phone: (608) 263-3205
Fax: (608) 263-6453

UW Health is committed to advancing medical knowledge through research. We are involved in many projects, including clinical studies to test the effectiveness and safety of new therapies and medical devices and to expand scientific and medical knowledge.

The Clinical Laboratories provide laboratory testing for approved research and investigational purposes. For questions, call the laboratory research specialist at (608) 262-5803.

All shipped specimens must be packaged and shipped in compliance with the regulations of the United States Postal Service, Department of Transportation (DOT) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA). All shipping requirements must be met prior to shipping.

Refer to the Lab Test Directory for specific requirements.  If you have questions, please call (608) 263-9095.

For general pricing information, please contact UW Health Priceline at (608) 263-1507 or complete the form below.

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Turnaround time

Lab testing turnaround

Timing for stat and routine testing are provided in the Lab Test Directory entries. Stated times indicate the number of minutes, hours, days or weeks between the time a specimen is received in the laboratory in which it will be tested and the time a result is released.

Testing can be delayed for a variety of reasons, including: 

  1. Specimens collected at a satellite lab location must be transported to the Core laboratory for testing or processing if the testing will not be performed at the satellite location. See the Satellite Labs Testing Menu (pdf) for current availability.

  2. Equipment failure at testing lab requires transport of specimens routinely done on site to an alternate laboratory. 

  3. Failure to include necessary patient identification information on the specimen or the requisition. Refer to UW Hospitals and Clinics Clinical Laboratories Specimen Acceptance Policy (5.06) that specifies requirements for labeling laboratory specimens and request forms with respect to patient identification.

  4. Improper specimen container submitted. Refer to UW Hospitals and Clinics Clinical Laboratories Specimen Rejection Policy (5.07), which describes the laboratory procedure for rejecting specimens.

  5. Failure to mark request with STAT.

Specimen collection

Protocols for proper collection, container types and processing

Specimen collection, container types and processing can affect the quality of the specimen submitted. Check the Lab Test Directory to be sure you are collecting correctly.

Collection information

All specimens submitted to the lab must be properly labeled. Corresponding orders for the tests should be submitted through Health Link or on a paper form. Labels need to be accurate and legible (machine or device printed), and the information must match the patient information on the test order or test form.

All specimens and lab request forms must be labeled with a minimum of two patient identifiers that identically match.

  • Include patient's full name — no nicknames or shortened versions of first name

  • The medical record number is required for all Inpatient specimens

  • The date of birth may be used for outpatient specimens

  • Patient's full name — no nicknames or shortened versions of first name

  • Medical record number, in barcode form if possible (required for all inpatients)

  • Date of birth

  • Ordering source such as nursing unit or clinic name/acronym and location (East, West, etc.)

  • Name of authorized billing provider (Attending MD, NP or PA)

  • Name of ordering provider, if different

  • Specimen collection date and time

  • Collector identification, if specimen is submitted with requisition form

  • Specimen source or other pertinent information needed for testing

  • Test(s) to be performed

  • Reason for testing (ICD-9 code(s) or narrative diagnosis) is required

  • Health Link order must include confirmation of verbal consent

  • Paper request from UW Health location must be accompanied by Diagnostic HIV Test Form, indicating verbal consent was obtained, and signed by ordering provider

  • Clients of UW Health Clinical Labs are responsible for maintaining records of consent as required by their organization policy. Proof of consent is not needed by UW Health Clinical Labs when processing specimen and request from a client laboratory.

In addition to the information listed above, the following is also needed:

  • Address for result report

  • Address for billing

After-hours STAT specimens

UW Health offers clinical lab services 24 hours, 7 days a week for many tests to meet our patients' needs. If there is a need for testing to be completed outside of the routine lab schedule, a pathologist will review and approve when necessary.

Pathology residents are available to discuss stat testing in the following areas:

  • Autopsy services

  • Bone Marrow Lab

  • Flow Cytometry Lab

  • Surgical pathology

  • Toxicology Lab

  • Transfusion services

  • Other testing as needed

Clinical hematology/coagulation consult covers after hours testing in the following areas:

Special Coagulation Lab

To obtain pathology resident approval, the ordering provider should call hospital paging at (608) 262-2122 and ask for the clinical pathology resident on-call.

Accreditations and certifications

View certificates

UW Health hospital-owned clinics are accredited by The Joint Commission, the College of American Pathologists, the American Association of Blood Banks, the American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics, the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy and the Food and Drug Administration.

MS and CLIA



Specialty accreditations and registrations

  • AABB - American Association of Blood Banks. View certificate (pdf)

  • ASHI - American Society of Histocompatability and Immunogenetics

  • FACT - Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy

  • FDA - Food and Drug Administration



Contacts

Point of Care/Point of Service

Point of Care/Point of Service testing refers to any diagnostic laboratory testing performed under a UW Health hospital lab that is not performed or processed within the clinical laboratories.

Services provided by the Point of Care Coordinator in the Clinical Laboratories include:

  • Method validation of new instruments or test methods

  • Assistance with procedure manual preparation

  • Developing quality control and quality assurance programs

  • Resolving quality control problems

  • Oversight of competency testing

  • Result audits

  • Meeting regulatory requirements

Requests for new Point of Care tests or the expansion or relocation of existing point of care tests must be approved by the Laboratory Practice and Testing Oversight Committee, in accordance with UW Hospital and Clinics Administrative Policy 2.5.3. Please contact the Point of Care (POC) coordinator for more information.

POC coordinators

Stacy Stoeger, MLS (ASCP)
(608) 263-5589
sstoeger@uwhealth.org

Lisa Wilson, MT (ASCP)
(608) 890-9360
lwilson2@uwhealth.org

Ashley Quinn, MT (ASCP)
(608) 263-8030
aquinn@uwhealth.org

Medical Director

Kornelia Galior, PhD
(608) 263-1495
kgalior@uwhealth.org

FAQ

Answers to common questions

Lab tests that are performed as part of your routine care will typically be done on-site at the location where you receive your medical care. Testing that is done as part of a hospitalization or emergency visit will be done through our hospital labs.

If you are asked to get a routine lab test performed outside of an appointment, you may visit any UW Health lab and the results will be added to your chart.

If you are receiving lab services at a UW Health hospital-owned clinic, you could be required to pay a facility fee.

Hospital-based labs are required to meet strict patient safety standards and have more regulatory requirements. One requirement is there must be two separate bills, one for the professional lab fees and the other from the hospital for all other costs. This second bill is referred to as the “facility fee.”

This fee covers the costs of equipment, utilities, maintenance, supplies and medications used during a clinic visit. Facility fees also pay for care by non‐physician staff such as nurses, pharmacists, social workers, medical assistants, respiratory therapists and dietitians. Facility fees also reflect some of the cost of training of physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other health care professionals.

The following are hospital-owned clinics and require a facility fee:

  • American Family Children's Hospital clinics

  • Digestive Health Center

  • East Clinic

  • Hand and Upper Extremity Rehabilitation Clinic

  • Kidney Clinic

  • Lymphedema and Venous Edema Clinic

  • Oakwood Geriatrics Clinic

  • Pain Management Clinic

  • Rehabilitation Clinic

  • Research Park Clinic

  • Union Corners Clinic Physical Therapy

  • University Hospital

  • University Station Clinic

  • UW Carbone Cancer Center

  • UW Health at The American Center

  • Waisman Center

    • Exception: Autism treatment programs

  • West Clinic

  • Women's Pelvic Wellness

  • Yahara Clinic Orthopedic Physical Therapy

If a non-UW Health provider has requested you get lab work, you may go to the following:

  • American Family Children's Hospital clinics

  • East Clinic

  • University Hospital

  • University Station Clinic

  • UW Carbone Cancer Center

  • UW Health at The American Center

  • West Clinic