Convenience and results you can trust.
Did you know that more than 70 percent of all medical decisions rely on information from hospital laboratories? Excellence in laboratory services means your doctors can diagnose and treat your condition with greater confidence. That’s why Hancock Health has invested so much in our laboratory and pathology resources. Our lab is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), and we’ve long been a leader in cutting-edge technology: we were one of the first laboratories in Central Indiana to process specimens directly with barcode readings (which increases patient safety), and one of the first in the area to develop auto-verification of test results. In addition, our state-certified water laboratory helps Hancock County residents make sure their water is always safe. Many of our lab services are available at four locations in Hancock and Henry Counties. So you don’t have to go far to help your healthcare team get the information they need about what’s ailing you.
Lab and Pathology Services
Lab and pathology services play a vital role in protecting your health. At Hancock Health, we work closely with your physicians as we:
- Collect specimens such as blood and urine for testing that assists physicians in making accurate diagnoses.
- Test blood chemistries and assess cellular components of the blood to help your doctor choose the right medications and dosages.
- Examine bacteria and other infectious agents to suggest antibiotics and other treatment options for infections.
- Prepare blood for patients who need transfusions following illness, trauma, or surgery.
- Provide histology analysis of tissue to aid in diagnosis and classification of cancers.
Your doctor’s best advice to you depends in part on the quality of our work. We’re dedicated to getting it right every time—it’s our commitment to our patients. Find the Hancock Health lab location nearest you.
The quality of your drinking water can have a dramatic effect on your health. Your water can contain harmful bacteria and other microorganisms, as well as high levels of nitrates and lead. Contaminated water can lead to anything from tiredness to anemia and diarrhea to reduced oxygen-carrying capacity that can mean shortness of breath and even blue baby syndrome. It makes sense to have your water tested at Hancock Regional Hospital’s water laboratory. Convenient drop-off points across the area make it easy for you to find out exactly what you’re drinking—and help your family stay healthy.
How Does Water Become Contaminated?
Water becomes contaminated when sewage and other organic pollutants like fertilizers (Anhydrous ammonia, etc.) leak into the water supply. Older plumbing and industrial waste can also contaminate drinking water.
Our Commitment to Water Safety
The quality of our drinking water is something we take very seriously in Hancock County. At Hancock Health, our program:
- Is Hancock County’s only state-certified laboratory for water coliform testing and pool water testing.
- Is directed by a medical technologist, with the commitment to vigilance and education we need to help assure a safe community drinking water supply.
- Provides convenient locations for sample drop-off and pick-up.
- Offers swimming pool testing for pool season.
How to Get Your Water Tested
The water you want to test must be collected in appropriate bottles and MUST be tested within 30 hours of collection. Due to workflow, it is best to bring the sample the same day of collection. Note that samples brought in after 2 p.m. will be tested the following day. You may have water samples tested by the Hancock Regional Hospital lab during regular business hours. Specimens must be received by 12 noon on Fridays for same-day processing. Nitrate/nitrite samples are accepted Monday through Wednesday and until 8 a.m. on Thursday. In addition to the hospital lab, you can drop off water samples at Hancock Health’s Parkway Imaging Center, the Hancock Health Center – McCordsville, and the Knightstown Health Care Center. Finally, if you have questions about the safety of your drinking water, please call us at (317) 468-4424. Together, we can make sure our water continues to be a source of good health.