Clinical Laboratory

The laboratory at Western Plains Medical Complex provides consistent, high quality diagnostic laboratory services. Our laboratory is open and staffed 24 hours a day to assist you.

In addition to our hospital’s JCAHO accreditation, our Laboratory is accredited by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation (COLA). We are also federally approved and licensed by CMS under CLIA to provide testing for Medicare and Medicaidprograms.

Contact Us

Phone                  620-225-8433
Fax                       620-225-8434
Lab Manager      620-225-8497
Pathologist         620-225-8437
Peterson LAB      620-225-8437 

Professional Staff

  • Peterson Laboratory Pathologists (Dr. Peterson, Dr. Salem, Dr. Bambera, Dr. Speaks).
  • Laboratory Manager, Debbie Bush, B.S. MT(ASCP)
  • Technical laboratory staff – 6 full-time technologists with a total of > 140 years combined experience

Chemistry, hematology, coagulation, immunology, urinalysis

Routine chemistry, hematology, and urinalysis testing is available at all times.  In addition, we perform a variety of toxicology tests, drug-of-abuse screens, therapeutic drug levels, cardiac markers, and BNP testing.

Routine immunology tests such as Mono Test, C-Reactive Protein, Rheumatoid Factor, and pregnancy testing (qualitative and quantitative) are available at all times.

In-house coagulation tests available include PT (with INR), APTT, Fibrinogen, and D-Dimer testing.


Our microbiology department provides identification of disease-causing aerobic and anaerobic bacteria.  In addition, we perform antimicrobial susceptibility testing for most aerobic bacteria.  We also utilized automated blood culture systems.  Rapid antigen testing is available to diagnose infections such as strep throat, influenza and RSV.


Our transfusion service maintains an inventory of blood and blood components for transfusion to our inpatients and outpatients.  We routinely stock red blood cells of all blood types as well as fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate.  Platelet pheresis packs are available by special order.  The American Red Cross is our blood supplier.

Cytology and Histopathology

Cytology and Histopathology services are provided by Peterson LABs.   Staff of Peterson LAB process surgically removed tissue for interpretation by Pathologists from Peterson LAB.