Laboratory

In our clinical laboratory, testing is performed on both patients who are admitted to the hospital and those who are referred by their doctors to diagnose and monitor for conditions and diseases such as diabetes, high cholesterol, kidney and liver function, prostate health, pregnancy confirmation, and much more.


The Southwest Memorial Hospital laboratory has a vast array of sophisticated state-of-the art equipment and is staffed by trained professionals who process samples and do testing. The laboratory also provides for the referral and transport of the highly specialized tests that cannot be done at Southwest Memorial Hospital to national reference labs.


The clinical laboratory is staffed by trained, experienced professionals called phlebotomists, medical technologists, and microbiologists. Most personnel have degrees in chemistry, biology, or medical technology and have acquired national certification in their specialty.


Hours of Operation/Scheduling

The laboratory is staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week to care hospitalized and emergency department patients. Laboratory registration for out-patient services is open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. After hours services are available. Reach the laboratory at 564-2080.


Draw Station on Park Street

We have a location at 111 N. Park Street in Cortez where patients can have blood drawn for testing. This office is open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and on Fridays until 3:30 p.m. No appointment is necessary. Reach the draw station at 565-4534.


The lab is under the direction of Jo Whaley, MBA, MT, ASCP who can be reached at 970-564-2080 and Alex Cudkowicz, MD, a pathologist certified in clinical and anatomical pathology. Our facility is certified by The College of American Pathologists. Our lab adheres to strict quality standards and is inspected by the College of American Pathologists every two years.

Language of the Laboratory


Hematology: The study of blood cells and clotting mechanisms.


Clinical Chemistry: The analysis of various analytes in your blood that reflect the functioning of all your major organs, and the determination of levels of therapeutic drugs and drugs of abuse.


Blood banking and transfusion services: Includes the identification of blood types, atypical antibodies and finding compatible blood when a patient needs a transfusion.


Urinalysis: The analysis of urine for chemical and cellular evidence of various disease states.


Serology: The identification of disease entities from antibodies left in the blood serum.


Microbiology: The isolation and identification of bacteria, viruses and parasites. Perform sensitivity studies to determine appropriate antibiotic therapy.