Columbus Community Hospital Laboratory Receives Accreditation from the College of American Pathologists
The accreditation committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the Columbus Community Hospital (CCH) Laboratory. The accreditation is based on the results of a recent on-site inspection as part of CAP’s accreditation programs.
The CCH Laboratory is one of more than 8,000 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,” said Steffan R. Lacey, MD, CCH’s laboratory medical director. “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.”
Lab 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.”
Mike Hansen, CCH president and CEO, said the accreditation is very important to the hospital as a whole.
“When our physicians send samples over to the laboratory, they can feel confident knowing that we have a very competent team that enables them to diagnose people’s illnesses and issues,” said Hansen. “The earlier we can diagnose, typically the better the outcome for patients so this is very important.”
The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1980s, 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 world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and the leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, 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. For more information, read the CAP annual report at cap.org.