Mercer Health offers both Laboratory Tests and Vascular Screenings as part of the Patient Authorized, Direct Access Testing program. The program provides convenient and often less expensive wellness and personal health management opportunities to the community. Patient Authorized, Direct Access Testing:
- Does not require a doctor’s order. Order forms can be filled out at the time of registration or in advance (for laboratory testing only).
- Provides increased opportunities for health management by the patient. Operating similar to a health fair, appointments are not necessary (for laboratory testing only) and the service provides a significant discount. Payment by cash or check is expected at the time of registration.
- Results are mailed to the patient allowing the patient to consult with his/ her physician as appropriate.
Appointments not required. The order form can be picked up at the Mercer Health Laboratory or can be downloaded online here.
Mercer County Community Hospital
800 W. Main St., Coldwater
Daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Mercer Health Medical Group at Celina Pro
801 Pro Dr., Celina Laboratory Entrance
Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday from 6 a.m. to 12 noon
Mercer County Community Hospital
800 W. Main St., Coldwater
Two Saturdays each month from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Questions you may have:
Who can have testing done?
Any person, 18 years of age or older, can request testing for themselves. Parents or legal guardians may request and sign the consent form for anybody under 18 years of age.
How do I determine if these test results are normal?
All test results will have an accompanying “normal range” printed on the report. Normal ranges can vary based on the age and sex of the person being tested. You should compare your results to the normal range shown on your report.
What laboratory tests are available?
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel 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. ($45)
Basic Metabolic Panel 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)
Liver 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)
Kidney Panel 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. ($35)
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)
Hemoglobin A1c 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)
Blood Type (ABO/Rh) 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). ($15)
Thyroid Profile is used to evaluate thyroid gland function and other thyroid disorders. The panel includes TSH and free T4. ($50)
Cholesterol 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”). ($15)
Glucose 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. ($15)
Potassium is used to detect concentrations that are too high (hyperkalemia) or too low (hypokalemia). ($15)
CBC (Complete Blood Count) 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. ($20)
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. ($45)
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. ($40)
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. ($30)
High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) 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. ($25)
What vascular screenings are available?
Vascular Package Includes all the screenings listed below. ($45)
- Carotid Artery Ultrasound test checks for plaque buildup; helps identify the risk of stroke.
- Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound test checks for presence of an aneurysm that could lead to a ruptured aorta.
- Peripheral Artery Diseases measures the circulation to your legs to help detect peripheral vascular disease, and indicator of heart disease.
Click this link to view the Patient Authorized Direct Access Testing brochure.