Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Pekin Hospital Laboratory Receives Accreditation From College of American Pathologists

Pekin Hospital Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The Laboratory’s director, Kathryn O. Kramer, M.D., was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Pekin Hospital Laboratory is one of the more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun 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.

The College of American Pathologists, celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community throughout. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of Board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about the CAP can be found at www.cap.org.

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