Resources

The Clinical Laboratory of University of Colorado Hospital in metro Denver is accredited by the College of American Pathologists and all relevant state and federal agencies.

Laboratory specialty activities are directed by experts in their area of clinical specialization who are available for consultation. Medical Directors of any specialty may be called directly (see “Staff Contacts”) or contacted through the Clinical Laboratory at 720-848-4401.

The Clinical Laboratory does not handle nor transport anatomical specimens. All cytology, surgical, and other anatomical specimens, and inquiry regarding these are the responsibility of the University of Colorado Denver Department of Pathology. Please go to UCD Department of Pathology and click “Our Services” for specimen submission guidelines.

Reporting concerns about laboratory operations

Contact Clinical Laboratory Management (see “Staff contacts” page). If you prefer, or if the laboratory has not addressed your concerns, contact:
College of American Pathologists (CAP)

Accreditation and certification

Lab Organizational Charts

Referral-Send Out Testing


Referral-Send out Testing

Certain tests are not listed in the laboratory test catalog or on the requisition forms. If the specific test is not routinely performed through the Clinical Laboratory, the laboratory will arrange for its performance at a reference laboratory. Call 720-848-7029.

The Clinical Laboratory will refer specimens to licensed/accredited referral laboratories only for test procedures not available on site. The name of the laboratory actually performing the examination will be indicated on the laboratory report form.

The UCH Clinical Laboratory has mandatory processes for selection and approval of outside reference laboratories and reference lab testing.  If any unit or clinic bypasses the Clinical Laboratory Specimen Management area to send or take a specimen to an outside laboratory directly, the hospital/outside laboratory will not pay the laboratory for the test. 

Clinicians may submit this request form for new tests to the Lab Orders Optimization Committee: Request for New Tests


Compliance

Every laboratory test must be ordered under the license of a physician or other authorized provider and must be requested using the appropriate electronic ordering system (e.g. Epic), or if an ordering system is unavailable, on the appropriate requisition form.

Note: Medicare generally does not cover routine screening tests or services when a “rule-out” diagnosis is provided. Code the condition(s) to the highest degree of certainty for that encounter/visit, such as signs, symptoms, abnormal test results, exposure to communicable disease or other reasons for the visit.

Annual UCHealth Clinical Laboratories Compliance Notice to Providers

UCH Clinical Laboratory Reflex Test Protocols

Custom Profiles at UCHealth Clinical Laboratories

Compliance Statement, Laboratory-developed Tests (LDTs):

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by University of Colorado Hospital Authority. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The laboratory is regulated under CLIA as qualified to perform high-complexity testing. This test is used for clinical purposes. It should not be regarded as investigational or for research.

Critical values


Critical values

CRITICAL VALUES

Click here  to view University of Colorado Hospital/Cherry Creek Medical Center Critical Laboratory Values.

Click here to review the University of Colorado Hospital “Critical Results/Values Notification and Documentation” policy.


Illustrated collection guides

Blood Culture Collection Guide

Neonatal Blood Collection Guide

Right Swab for the Job

Blood Tube Color Chart

Helicobacter Pylori Breath Test Kit Instructions

Nasopharyngeal Specimen Collection Tip Sheet

Stool Collection Guide

Tips for Improving Heelstick Collection Technique

Urine Collection Kit Tip Sheet

BD Urine Collection System Guide

Location information and hours

Location information and hours

Urgent laboratory issues, 24-hours per day:

Laboratory Shift Supervisor Pager
303-266-4888

Mailing Addresses

University of Colorado Hospital
Clinical Laboratory, Mail Stop A022
Leprino Building, Room 253
P.O. Box 6510
12401 E. 17th Ave.
Aurora, CO 80045

University of Colorado Hospital
Transfusion Service, Mail Stop A022
Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion (AIP2), Room 2.500.A
P.O. Box 6510
12605 E. 16th Ave.
Aurora, CO 80045

University of Colorado Hospital
Lone Tree Health Center Laboratory, Mailstop F746
9548 Park Meadows Drive, Room 356
Lone Tree, CO 80124

UCHealth
Cherry Creek Medical Center Laboratory
100 Cook St, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80206

Clinical Locations and Hours

Administration
(Leprino 292)

Phone: 720-848-7088

Fax: 720-848-7079

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
(excludes holidays)

Clinical Laboratory
(Leprino 253)

Phone: 720-848-4401

Fax: 720-848-0904

Open 24/7

Clinical Lab Inquiry and Results
(Leprino 250)

Phone: 720-848-4401

Fax: 720-848-7080

Open 24/7

Cherry Creek Medical Center Laboratory
(100 Cook St, Denver, Suite 200)

Phone: 720-516-9412

Monday through Friday
7:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m.

Lone Tree Laboratory
(Lone Tree 356)

Phone: 720-553-1118

Blood draw scheduling:
720-848-2200

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m.
(excludes holidays)

Microbiology
(Leprino 176)

Phone: 720-848-7084

Open 24/7

Molecular Diagnostics
(Leprino 160)

Phone: 720-848-6892

Open 24/7

Operating Room Blood Gas Lab
(CCW 2.0222)

Phone: 720-848-7086

Cell: 720-848-5309

Pager: 303-266-5040

Monday through Friday
7 a.m to 11 p.m.
(all other hours are
covered on an
“on-call” basis)

Outpatient Laboratory (formerly “Lab Express”)
(AOP 1100)

Phone: 720-848-2515

Fax: 720-848-5938

Monday through Friday
6:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m.
(excludes holidays)

Blood Bank Transfusion Service
(AIP2 2.500.A)

Phone: 720-848-4444

Fax: 720-848-4407

Open 24/7

Virology
(Leprino 176)

Phone: 720-848-7085

Open 24/7

News and updates

News and updates

News

Transfusion Audit Tip Sheet

Test Updates

2022-05-16 New Anti-epileptic Drug Testing by LCMS

2022-05-09 Heparin Test Ordering Update

2022-04-25 Cherry Creek Lab Prothrombin Time Reference Range Update

2022-04-12 BK Virus PCR Plasma Method and Interpretation Update

2022-03-02 Expiry Date Extended GC/Chlamydia/Trich Genprobe Urine Collection Kits

2022-03-03 Customer Bulletin Extended Expiry Date for Hologic Aptima Urine Collection Kits

2022-02-21 Helicobacter pylori Breath Test Method Change

2022-01-17 Free Testosterone

2021-12-01 Thrombin Time and DTT Reference Range Changes

2021-10-25 eGFR Calculation Update

2021-10-25 AFB Culture Sendout

2021-07-12 New Tests RVVT, SCT and Lupus Panels with DOAC Removal

2021-08-13 Urine Culture Add-Ons

2021-08-01 Fecal Pancreatic Elastase Testing Frequency

2021-08-01 Fecal Calprotectin Testing Frequency

2021-07-19 Fecal H. pylori Antigen Testing

2021-07-15 QuantiFERON TB GOLD PLUS Update

2021-06-15 Sodium Citrate Blood Collection Tube Shortage

2021-07-15-Theophylline-Testing-Referral

2021-07-15-Tobramycin-Testing-Referral

2021-05-17 Point-of-Care-Testing-Tips

2021-04-12 Coagulation Testing Reference Range Updates

2021-03-22 Report Location Change – Immunophenotyping Hematopoietic Neoplasms

2021-02-17 Pentobarbital Method Change

2021-02-15 High-Sensitivity Troponin I Ordering and Collection

2021-02-03 Fecal Pancreatic Elastase

2021-01-13 GI PCR Panel Plus

2020-12-15 Syphilis Screening Algorithm

2020-12-14 High Sensitivity Troponin I Replaces Current Troponin I Assay

2020-12-03 Keppra (Levetiracetam) and Lamotrigine by LCMS

2021-01-01 PT/INR Testing Discontinued at Lone Tree Laboratory

2020-12-14 New High Sensitivity Troponin I

2020-10-05 QuantiFERON TB-GOLD Specimen Labeling

2020-09-21 Coagulation Test Reference Range Updates

2020-09-14 QuantiFERON TB-Gold Specimen Labeling

2020-09-08 LDL-C

2020-09-04 GI PCR Panel Critical Supply Shortage

2020-09-01 HIV/HCV/HBV PCR Testing Delays

2020-08-24 Beta-2-microglobulin

2020-08-01 IgE and Alzheimer’s Disease CSF

2020-07-24 Respiratory Viral Panel Changes

2020-06-30 Thrombin Time and Dilute Thrombin Time Reference Range

2020-03-17 Lab Testing Operations and COVID Pandemic

2020-03-17 Conservation of Microbiology Resources During COVID Pandemic

2020-03-16 Beta-2-microglobulin Delay in Testing

2020-04-01 Allergen Testing

2020-03-02 Patient Demographics Required for MSAFP

2020-03-02 Pentobarbital Testing Resumed at UCH Laboratory

2020-02-24 Fecal Calprotectin

2020-02-17 Acceptable Containers for Timed Urine Collections

2020-02-17 AFB Blood and Bone Marrow Culture Container Change

2020-01-29 Pentobarbital Update

2020-01-28 Labels for All Tubes in Urine Collection Kit

2020-01-15 One Hour Fast Required for H. pylori Breath Test

2020-01-03 Bone Marrow Collection Assist Agreement

Archive news and updates

2019-12-19 Testosterone by LCMS

2019-12-09 Special Chemistry Testing Frequency

2019-11-20 New Inhouse Testing: Lidocaine

2019-11-12 Special Coagulation Test Changes

2019-11-12 Special Coagulation Test Reference Range Changes

2019-11-12 HIT Test Update

2019-10-15 Alpha-2-Antiplasmin-Activity Testing Delay

2019-10-15 Clostridioides difficile Reflex Test Algorithm

2019-10-15 Legionella PCR Test Preferred Over Culture

2019-09-16 EPIC Label Update for Dark Green Venipuncture Tubes

2019-09-10 Coagulation Testing Reference Range Updates

2019-07-15 QuantiFERON TB Gold Plus Collection Video

2019-07-01 C. difficile Reflex Test Algorithm

2019-06-17 AFB Cultures to Reference Lab for Testing

2019-06-17 Thyroglobulin Antibody Result Correction Update

2019-06-17 Biotin Supplements Affect Test Results

2019-05-15 Critical Values Notification Changes

2019-05-14 Factor V Activity Delays in Testing

2019-04-23 Modified Factor VIII Activity and Inhibitor Assay

2019-04-16 Molecular Testing Changes

2019-04-15 Thyroglobulin Antibody Reimbursement

2019-03-15 Ammonia Stability

2019-01-30 Rapid Strep Antigen Replaced With PCR Test

2019-01-22 Body Fluid Cell Count Reportable Range

2018-12-19 NEW PCR TEST for Group A Strep

2018-12-17 Oxygen Saturation sO2 Reporting

2018-12-15 HIV DNA Genotyping – “Special Use” Discontinued

2018-12-10 Nucleated RBC Reference Range

2018-12-03 Acceptable Specimens for Routine Chemistry Tests

2018-10-29 Nucleated RBC Reference Range Update

2018-10-01 CSF and Body Fluid Cell Counts

2018-09-7 Quantiferon Gold PLUS

2018-10-15 Venous Blood Gas Reporting

2018-09-04 Coagulation Reference Range Updates

2018-09-03 Flow Cytometry Leukemia/Lymphoma 10-color

2018-08-28 BK Virus PCR

2018-08-27 Thrombin Time, Dilute Thrombin Time Reference Range Updates

2018-08-14 B2M, Ceruloplasmin, Kappa-Lambda Free Light Chains

2018-08-02 Urine Creatinine

2018-08-13 QuantiFERON TB Gold PLUS

2018-07-16 Molecular Diagnostics Testing Changes

2018-06-18 Prior Approval for GI PCR Test

2018-06-15 Gastric pH Discontinued

2018-05-21 Kappa:Lambda Free Light Chains

2018-05-15 New GFR Calculation for Creatinine

2018-04-16 Product Alert, BD Blue Top Tubes

2018-04-02 Mixed Alcohols

2018-03-28 Free Plasma Hemoglobin Reportable Range

2018-02-20 Maternal Serum Quad Screen

2018-02-19 TSH Reference Range Update

2018-01-30 Treponema Antibodies Reflex Testing

2018-01-23 Celiac Disease Reflex Panel

2018-01-18 Tacrolimus Reportable Range

2018-01-10 Procalcitonin

Point of care testing documents

Point of Care Testing Documents

Click here to print the Glucose Meter Exchange Form.

Point of Care Testing (POCT) Procedures and Forms for University of Colorado Hospital Point of Care Testing  sites are available through the “MediaLab” document management system.

Click here to go to UCH Point of Care Testing Procedures and UCH Point of Care Testing Forms.

Specimen collecting and handling guide

Click here to view the specimen collection and handling guide

Staff contacts

Staff contacts

For urgent issues, 24 hours per day:

Laboratory Shift Supervisor Pager
303-266-4888

Medical Directors and Doctoral Staff

Edward R. Ashwood, MD
Professor of Pathology; Director, Clinical Laboratory
Location: LOB 299
Phone: 720-848-7064

Gregary Bocsi, DO, MS, BS
Associate Professor of Pathology; Director, Chemistry; Director, Clinical Laboratory at Lone Tree Health Center
Location: LOB 270
Phone: 720-848-7050

Mary P. Berg, MD
Professor of Pathology; Director, Transfusion Medicine
Location: AIP2 2.500
Phone: 720-848-4402

Geza S. Bodor, MD
Clinical Professor; Director, Toxicology
Location: LOB 229
Phone: 720-848-6032

Stephanie T. Bates, MD
Assistant Professor; Assistant Director, Transfusion Medicine
Location: TBD
Phone: TBD

Toby C. Cornish, MD, PhD
Medical Director, Laboratory Information System
Location: AO1 2109
Phone: 303-724-3703

Nicole L. Draper, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology; Assistant Director, Transfusion Medicine
Location: AIP2 2.500
Phone: 720-848-7068

Brian Harry, MD PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology; Medical Director, Mass Spectrometry and Referral Testing
Location: LOB 275
Phone: 720-848-7070

Kathryn L. Hassell, MD
Professor/Director, School of Medicine Pediatrics; Consultant, Hemoglobin Electrophoresis
Location: Education II South, Room 3211
Phone: 303-724-9070

Joel Kniep, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology; Assistant Director, Transfusion Medicine
Location: AIP2 2.500
Phone: 720-848-8157

Stuart E. Lind, MD
Professor; Director, Coagulation
Location: Research Complex I – North, Room 5116
Phone: 303-724-1383

Nancy E. Madinger, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pathology; Director, Microbiology
Location: Research Complex II, Room 11008 and LOB 199
Phone: 303-724-4937 and 720-848-7047

Bruce McCollister, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pathology; Associate Medical Director, Microbiology
Location: LOB 229
Phone: 720-848-7045

C. Kayla Pang, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology; Medical Director, Flow Cytometry
Phone: 303-724-2459

Zenggang Pan, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology; Medical Director, Hematopathology
Location: TBD
Phone: TBD

Adriana Weinberg, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine; Director, Virology
Location: Research Complex II, Room 11126
Phone: 303-724-4480 and 720-848-7054

Clinical Laboratory Administrative Staff

Edward R. Ashwood, MD
Laboratory Director, AMC Clinical Laboratory and CCMC Clinical LAboratory
Phone: 720-848-7064

Gregary T. Bocsi, DO
Laboratory Director, Lone Tree Health Center Laboratory
Phone: 720-848-7050

Joan Coleman, MBA, MT(ASCP)
Director, Laboratory Services

Karin Ingle, MT(ASCP)
Manager, Laboratory Services, Administration
Phone: 720-848-7059

Vacant
Coordinator Laboratory (Safety and Quality)
Phone: 720-848-7058

Ingrid Cannon, MT(ASCP)
Coordinator, Laboratory (Transfusion Service)
Phone: 720-848-6920

William Dieterich
Laboratory Administrative Technician
Phone: 720-848-7057

Caroline Bruce
Laboratory Administrative Technician
Phone: 720-848-5405

Leaders

Mary Ellen Boyle, MBA, MT(ASCP)
Manager, Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Toxicology, Special Chemistry, Coagulation
Phone: 720-848-7067

Veronica Broslawik, MLS(ASCP)CM
Manager, Microbiology, Mycology, Parasitology, Mycobacteriology
Phone: 720-848-7035

Cara Faliano, MLS(ASCP)CM
Manager, Molecular Diagnostics
Phone: 720-848-7066

Dianna Pruden, MT(ASCP)SBBCM
Manager, Transfusion Services
Phone: 720-848-4415

Derrick McMillon, MT(ASCP)
Manager, Specimen Processing, Marketing/Client Services, Referral Testing
Phone: 720-848-7072

Ekaterina Carlisle, MS, BS, MLS(ASCP)CM
Manager, Cherry Creek Medical Center Laboratory
Office Phone: 720-516-9132

Lindsay Polanco, AAS
Manager, Outpatient Laboratory
Office Phone: 720-848-1828

Yvette Gaines, MLT(ASCP)
Manager, Inpatient Phlebotomy
Office Phone: 720-848-0949

Laboratory Information System

Connie Williamson, MA, MT(ASCP)
Director
Phone: 303-752-8229

Melissa Rubenstein
Manager
Phone: 303-752-5051

Richard Engelbart
Manager
Phone: 970-495-7797

Point-of-Care Testing Program, Office Phone 720-848-9119

Helen Vieyra, MLS(ASCP)CM
Supervisor, Laboratory
Phone: 720-848-7018

Melanie Mackercher, MT(ASCP)
Coordinator, Laboratory
Phone: 720-848-9305

Tyler Dalby, MLS(ASCP)CM
POCT Specialist
Phone: 720-848-7766

Michèle Lachance, MLT(ASCP)CM, M(ASCP)CM
POCT Specialist
Phone: 720-848-7049

Beverly Dutcher, RN
Clinical Laboratory Nurse Educator
Phone: 720-848-7078

Transfusion services

Refer to the policy/procedure “Blood Administration” for patient identification, specimen collection and labeling, and blood administration instructions.

Blood Bank Test Information and Special Instructions

Circular of Information for the Use of Human Blood and Blood Components

Guidelines for Blood Transfusion

Massive Transfusion Protocol

Risks of Blood Transfusion

Form: Physician Order of Autologous and Directed Donation

Virus epidemiology

Click the name of the desired month below to view that month’s virus epidemiology chart.

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