CCH Laboratory Receives CAP Accreditation
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Columbus Community Hospital based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.
The facility’s director, Steffan Lacey, MD was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The Hospital Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
“The laboratory is proud to have met the high standards which are set by the College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation Program. The accuracy of the testing performed by the Columbus Community Hospital Laboratory benefits the patients we serve and helps guide their providers to ensure accurate diagnoses,” said Laboratory Medical Director, Dr. Lacey.
Laboratory Director Elizabeth Alexander added, “When we have an unannounced voluntary inspection, we have to meet or exceed 2,000 different requirements of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments. We are diligent in keeping up with changing regulations so that we can provide the most reliable tests for all of our patients.”
Columbus Community Hospital’s Mike Hansen, President and CEO, upon learning of the laboratory’s accreditation, said: “This is a fabulous achievement by our Laboratory, and reflects our passion for delivering high quality care.”
The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which began in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
About the College of American Pathologists
As the leading organization with 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP’s Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,800 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org.