Cannon Memorial HospitalThe Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Cannon Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

Beth Miller, Director of Imaging, Laboratory and Pathology services for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS), was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Cannon Memorial Hospital’s Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities world-wide.

“ It is a great honor to once again receive this recognition of our laboratory and health system’s commitment to excellence.” shared Dr. Steve Bredehoeft, Medical Director for ARHS Imaging, Laboratory and Pathology services. “ Being recognized by The College of American Pathologists, based on their standards of excellence, reflects the consistent professionalism of each and every member of the laboratory staff. Additionally, it acknowledges the laboratory’s close working relationship with our clinical and administrative colleagues,”

Kim Bianca, Sr. Vice President of Clinical Services for Appalachian Regional Healthcare System, upon learning of the laboratory’s accreditation, said: “We are so very proud of our Laboratory and Pathology team! Clearly they are living the ARHS value of excellence by and continuing to make life better for the community.

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.

ARHS laboratories perform approximately 550,000 tests annually. Services include anatomic pathology, chemistry/immunology, hematology, microbiology, serology, urinalysis, transfusions and more.