Story last updated at 7/1/2009 - 11:57 am
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital clinical laboratory recently passed an accreditation inspection from the College of American Pathologists.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP), www.cap.org, conducts unannounced inspections every two years in order to ensure clinical laboratory operations maintain a high level of quality service. In a letter announcing the accreditation, the lab was "advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the 'excellence of the services being provided.'"
"This type of inspection underscores the critical role that laboratory data plays in assisting physicians in diagnosis and treatment of their patients," said Lee Asnin, Laboratory Manager at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.
The SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital clinical laboratory is one of nearly 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide. The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program began in the early 1960s and it is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government's own inspection program.
During the accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. Inspectors also examine the entire staff's qualifications, the laboratory's equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory.