WYOMING PUBLIC HEALTH LABORATORY

Management Team

Manager
This position is vacant  
Phone: (307) 777-6066  

Microbiology Laboratories
Jim Walford, B.S.
Phone: (307) 777-6053

Chemistry Laboratory           
Tom Johnson, B.S.
Phone: (307) 777-7868

Public Health Preparedness Laboratory
Shawna Dereemer, MT (ASCP)
Phone: (307) 777-3735

Official Business Hours
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Monday through Friday

Basic Information

Holidays: The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory observes nine official Wyoming state government holidays. These are: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Specimen Delivery: U.S. Postal Service provides weekday delivery.  Specimens arriving on weekends or holidays are held at the post office.  UPS, FedEx, and carriers other than the U.S. Postal Service also provide deliveries Monday through Friday.

Delivery in person: Specimens may be brought to the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory 208 South College Drive, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Specimens should be placed in the drop boxes inside the main entrance.

Courier Service:  The Public Health Emergency Preparedness Program in conjunction with the Newborn Screening Program is pleased to provide the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory (WPHL) with courier services.  At this time we have 34 pick-up sites across the state.  

WPHL feels the more who utilize this service the better the money is spent, so please, if your facility is not on this list and you feel it is something you could use, contact WPHL to investigate the possibility of getting on the route.

Helpful Links:

            Instructions for Courier Pick Up

            Courier Pick Up Sites Map

            Courier Pick Up Sites (pdf line list)

 

Laboratory Policy:  The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory, in collaboration with public health officials, reserves the right to establish criteria for the acceptance and rejection of specimens for testing.  These criteria are stated in the Manual of Laboratory Services.  For all laboratory sections, specimens must be labeled properly.  Every clinical specimen container must have the patient's name or other appropriate identification. 

All specimens must be accompanied by a properly completed laboratory test request form. Federal regulations (CLIA) require the following minimal information on clinical laboratory test requisitions: patient's name or other unique identifier; test requestor; test(s) to be performed; date of collection of specimen; specimen source and any additional information relevant and necessary to a specific test. Testing may be delayed or not performed if the required information is not submitted.

Additionally, certain tests may have very specific submission criteria.  Please call before shipping, if you have any questions.  Also, be aware of holidays and weekends when shipping, we are not staffed 24/7.

Questions regarding laboratory policy on specimen criteria may be addressed to the Laboratory Program Manager/Director or the supervisors of the section in which the laboratory tests are performed.

Laboratory Reporting: Wyoming Public Health Laboratory reports are sent only to authorized parties submitting the specimen.  Wyoming state law requires notification of health officials when reportable communicable disease organisms are isolated and identified.  Except for these situations, copies of laboratory reports will not be released to others except with the written request and permission of the original submitter.  The Chemical Testing Program has special criteria for release of reports.

Other Tests:  For tests not offered by the laboratories listed above, contact the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, will accept certain specimens for unusual diseases, but only with prior arrangement through the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory.

Rabies Testing: Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory
1174 Snowy Range Road
Laramie, WY  82070
(307) 742-6638 or 1-800-442-8331

The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory is an integral part of disease surveillance conducted by the State Epidemiologist.   As such, we provide confirmatory or reference testing for laboratories isolating organisms or otherwise providing laboratory tests which aid in the diagnosis of reportable infectious diseases. Hospital and other private or public laboratories are requested to submit subcultures, smears, or serum specimens for reportable disease to the WPHL as an aid to the surveillance process.

Certifications:  Wyoming Public Health Laboratory holds Certificate #53D0662169, issued by the Health Care Financing Administration under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA-88).  We also hold a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Certificate and a certificate issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) Program (PL 93-523). The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory participates in appropriate proficiency testing programs administered by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and other approved private, federal, and state proficiency testing providers.

Ordering Sample/Specimen Mailing Containers:  The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory supplies mailing containers for collection of samples/specimens which comply with all U. S. Postal Service regulations. Proper usage should practically eliminate leakage or breakage in transit.  Instructions and request forms are included with the containers.  Specimens received in unsatisfactory containers or not collected and identified properly will not be examined.

Water samples must be submitted in mailers provided by the Wyoming Public Health Laboratory. 

Payments/Prices:  The Wyoming Public Health Laboratory is partially supported by legislative appropriations from the Wyoming general fund.  We also obtain support from federal grants and appropriations.  WPHL has been mandated by the Wyoming legislature to adopt a fee for service business model.  We are phasing this billing requirement in during the years of 2013 and 2014.