Laboratory Services

St. James Healthcare's laboratory provides both inpatient and outpatient lab services with a staff is dedicated to excellence to ensure the highest quality results.   

Access the St. James Healthcare Laboratory Test Directory.

The laboratory provides locally-based, rapid response testing around the clock, from its state-of-the-art facility in Butte, MT. The laboratory is accredited by CAP, the Joint Commission, the State of Montana, and CMS (the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid).  Through the extensive test menu offered, patients have access to the highest levels of clinical and anatomic laboratory service and expertise.

For additional technical information about laboratory services, select one of the following:

Laboratory Services (Specimen Collection) for Outpatients

Lab tests (specimen collection) for outpatients are performed in the Patient Services area located in the St. James Main Lobby, Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm. On weekends, holidays and after hours, patients should go to the Emergency Department admission desk.  

STAT Testing

When a test is ordered STAT, the laboratory staff responds immediately, interrupting normal testing protocols to perform the STAT test(s). STAT orders are assumed to stem from a life-threatening situation.

Critical Values

Specific tests are designated with "critical values." When results for such tests qualify as "critical" values, Lab staff notify the patient's doctor or designated representative immediately.

Patient Reports

Laboratory reports are delivered according to the needs of the patient. Reports can be delivered electronically to office printers or fax machines, by mail, and by courier delivery.