Mercer Health offers direct access testing as a convenient and cost-effective option for patients looking to gain greater insight into their health. Direct access testing is available on a walk-in basis in multiple locations without an order from a provider. These lab tests are not billed to insurance—cash payment is due at time of service.Download The Direct Access Test Form
Appointments required. Please call 419-678-5112 to schedule. You may complete this form in advance of your appointment. These screenings are performed at the Mercer County Community Hospital in Coldwater, two Saturdays each month from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
This test gives you important information about the current status of your kidneys, liver, electrolytes, blood sugar and certain blood proteins and enzymes. The panel includes Glucose, BUN, Creatinine, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, CO2, Calcium, Total Bilirubin, Total Protein, Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, SGOT/AST, and SGPT/ALT.
This test gives you important information about the current status of your kidneys, blood sugar, and electrolytes. The panel includes Glucose, BUN, Creatinine, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, CO2, and Calcium. ($30)
This panel measures enzymes, proteins, and substances that are produced or excreted by the liver and are affected by liver injury. Some are released by damaged liver cells and some reflect a decrease in the liver’s ability to perform one or more of its functions. The panel includes Total Bilirubin, Direct and Indirect Bilirubin, Total Protein, Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, SGOT/AST, and SGPT/ALT. ($35)
This test includes a number of blood tests, usually performed together, that are specific to illnesses or diseases affecting the kidneys. The panel includes Glucose, Bun, Creatinine, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, CO2, Calcium, Albumin, Inorganic Phosphorus, Anion Gap, GFR estimate.
The Fasting Lipid Panel determines your total cholesterol as well as the amount of “high-density lipoprotein” (good cholesterol), “low-density lipoprotein” (bad cholesterol), and triglyceride level. A 12-14 hour fast is recommended. ($25)
This test reflects the average blood glucose level in the blood over 6-8 weeks prior to testing. It is not dependent on a fasting state. It is used to help monitor individuals with diabetes to determine long-term control. ($25)
This is a group of tests that determines your ABO blood type and your Rh status (either positive or negative for the presence of the Rh factor).
The Thyroid Profile is used to evaluate thyroid gland function and other thyroid disorders. The panel includes TSH and free T4.
This measures the amount of cholesterol in the blood and is useful in estimating a person’s risk of developing heart disease. High cholesterol levels are associated with atherosclerosis (“hardening of the arteries”).
This test determines the amount of glucose (or sugar) in your blood. The amount of glucose in your blood will vary throughout the day based on when and what you eat and physical activity. A four-hour fast is recommended to get the most accurate result.
Potassium is used to detect concentrations that are too high (hyperkalemia) or too low (hypokalemia).
The CBC is used as a broad screening test to check for such disorders as anemia, infection, and many other diseases. The test includes White and Red Blood Cell Counts, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, Platelets, and White Blood Cell differential.
PSA is a test used to help screen for prostate cancer. PSA testing alone is not enough. Up to 25% of prostate cancers will be missed if this blood test is done alone. In order to diagnose the presence of prostate cancer, a digital rectal exam performed by a qualified medical doctor is needed in addition to the blood screening test.
Vitamin D(25-hydroxy test) is the most accurate way to measure how much Vitamin D is in your body. There is increasing evidence that Vitamin D deficiency may increase the risk of some cancers, immune system disorders and cardiovascular disease.
Testosterone is the main sex hormone (androgen) in men. It is responsible for male physical characteristics. Although it is considered to be a “male” sex hormone, it is present in the blood of both men and women. This test measures the level of testosterone in the blood.
This is a blood test that can be used to evaluate your risk of developing coronary artery disease, a condition in which the arteries of your heart are narrowed. Coronary artery disease can lead to a heart attack.
When arriving at the time of your test, you will need to register. Payment for services must be completed prior to testing. We currently accept cash, check, HSA funds and most major credit cards. Insurance will not be billed for direct access lab services.
Most test results are available within 3 – 5 days and can be accessed via Mercer Health MyChart. Results can also be sent via mail.
Do you have additional questions about direct access testing or other laboratory services? We invite you to reach out to Mercer Health. A trusted member of our team will provide the answers you need to make a well-informed decision.