At Adams Memorial Hospital (AMH) Laboratory, we are committed to providing a full range of laboratory tests in a caring environment. We strive to ensure you receive personalized care, starting the moment you arrive at the laboratory’s window. Our phlebotomy team offers fast, convenient, and friendly service, while our medical technologists are dedicated to reporting accurate and reliable test results using state-of-the-art equipment. The AMH Laboratory is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation (HFAP) Program and uphold their high standards for laboratory testing.
AMH offers two draw sites: the AMH Laboratory and the Berne Convenience Clinic. For your convenience, we also serve as a draw site for Quest, LabCorp, and LabOne/LabCard.
1100 Mercer Avenue
Decatur, Indiana 46733
Phone: 260-724-2145 Ext 11051
Monday - Friday — 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday — 7:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Other hours by appointment only.
Berne Convenience Clinic
(Located in lower level of Swiss Village)
1350 W Main Street
Berne, Indiana 46711
Monday-Friday — 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed weekends and holidays.
Q. What lab tests require fasting?
A. The following common laboratory tests require that you do not eat or drink for 10-12 hours prior to having your blood drawn: Comprehensive Metabolic Profile, Basic Metabolic Profile, Chem 7, Glucose, Renal Function Panel, Lipid Profile, and Vitamin B12.
Q. Is it okay to drink water if I am supposed to be fasting?
A. A few sips of water are fine. Check with your physician to see if you should continue taking your medicine while you are fasting.
Q. My doctor ordered lab tests. What do I do now?
A. You may choose to go to either the AMH Lab or the Berne Convenience Clinic. Bring your driver’s license and your insurance card with you. Register for services at the Patient Registration area, then proceed to the laboratory window. The laboratory staff will call your name when it is your turn to have your blood drawn.
Q. Do I need an appointment to have my blood drawn?
A. If you are coming to the lab during regular outpatient hours, no appointment is needed. An appointment is needed if you would like to be drawn outside of our regular outpatient hours or have the following tests ordered:
Q. When will I get my test results?
A. Laboratory test results are sent to your physician. Most results are available within one to two days. Very specialized or complex tests may take up to a week or more to complete. Please contact your physician to discuss your test results.
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Phlebotomy: The phlebotomy team is responsible for collecting the specimens needed to perform laboratory tests. They obtain high quality specimens by verifying patient identification, properly collecting the specimens, and following the correct transportation and storage requirements.
Hematology: Blood and body fluids are analyzed by medical technologists through the use of instrumentation, microscopy, and manual cell counting. The tests performed in this area include: complete blood count (CBC), hemogram, reticulocte count, sedimentation rate, and body fluid cell count. The results from these tests help diagnose, treat, and monitor patients who have an anemia, leukemia, infection, and other blood and/or body fluid disorders.
Coagulation: Instrumentation is used by medical technologists to analyze a patient's ability to form a blood clot. Tests offered in this area include the PT, aPTT, fibinogen, and D-dimer. The PT and aPTT tests are used to monitor patients on blood thinners such as coumadin and heparin, while a D-dimer test is used to diagnosis and monitor patients with pulmonary embolism, disseminated intravascular coagulation, and deep vein thrombosis.
Immunology: Medical technologists use various kits to test for pregnancy, infectious mononucleosis, syphilis, HIV, Clostridium difficile, influenza and Strep throat.
Microbiology: In this department, medical technologists set up cultures on a variety of sources such as the throat, genitalia, urine, blood, wounds, body fluids, and sputum to determine if a patient has an infection. When bacteria grow, the bacteria are identified using a variety of manual and automated biochemical tests, stains and colony morphology. Instrumentation is used to test the bacteria for susceptibility to different antibiotics. This information helps the physicians decide which antibiotic to prescribe.
Chemistry: Instrumentation is used in this department to analyze a patient's serum, plasma, and/or whole blood for a variety of enzymes, proteins, chemicals, lipids, and hormones. Some of the tests in this area include: lipid testing (cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL), liver function panels, kidney function panels, iron profiles, drug tests, blood sugar, thyroid tests, prostate cancer screening test, CRP, cardiac markers, arterial blood gases, ionized calcium, and microalbumin.
Blood Bank: Medical technologists perform blood types, antibody screens, crossmatches, and other tests in this department. The Blood Bank also manages the inventory of donor blood that is available for transfusion. Staff perform tests that "match" the donor unit to the patient.
Urinalysis: In this department, urine is analyzed using instrumentation and microscopy. Urinalysis aids in the diagnosis or urinary tract infections, liver disease, dehydration, starvation, kidney disease, and high blood sugar.
Pathology: Tissue sampls or body fluid removed during a surgical procedure are examined by a pathologist to determine if there is a disease present, such as cancer.
Send Out Tests: For tests that are not performed at the Adams Memorial Hospital Laboratory, a reference laboratory is utilized. The AMH lab will collect the specimens and ship them to the testing laboratory. Most reference lab test results are available in 2-3 business days. Some very specialized testing can take up to 8 weeks.
Phone Number: 260-724-2145 ext. 11051