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Cannon Memorial Hospital Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Cannon Memorial Hospital Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Cannon Memorial Hospital The 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.

 

Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the Laboratory at Watauga Medical Center based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

Laboratory-Accrediation 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. Watauga Medical Center’s Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities world-wide.
“On-going accreditation by the College of American Pathologists 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,” shared Dr. Steve Bredehoeft, Medical Director for ARHS Laboratory and Pathology Services. “ It is a great honor to receive this recognition of our laboratory and health system’s commitment to excellence.”
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 committed to the provision of excellent patient care and live our value of making 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.
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Laboratory and Pathology Services at Appalachian Regional Healthcare System
Laboratory and Pathology Services at Watauga Medical Center and Cannon Memorial Hospital is dedicated to constantly improving the delivery of care for patients. Laboratory services employs 56 individuals with more than 560 years of combined experience. The team is consistently recognized by the industry and their peers at the national level for their quality improvement initiatives and excellence in patient care.
College of American Pathologists
As the leading organization with more than 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 7,700 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org. Follow CAP on Twitter: @pathologists.
ARHS Laboratory Wins at Quality Conference

ARHS Laboratory Wins at Quality Conference

During the annual 2015 Lab Quality Confab conference held in New Orleans, Appalachian Regional Healthcare System’s (ARHS) Laboratory Services won 2nd place in presenting their “Ready, Set, Go” Process Improvement Initiatives. The Lab Quality Confab conference is a national conference focused on the pursuance of excellence in continuous improvement.

ARHS-Laboratory-Confab-conference ARHS was thrilled to be competing against facilities such as Mayo Medical, Henry Ford Health System, and the New York City Public Health Lab to highlight ARHS’ commitment to improving quality in workflow and processes that ultimately benefit our patients. The ARHS Ready, Set, Go initiative resulted in a 27.2% increase in inpatient turnaround times (lab order to lab result) and a 8.7% increase in the emergency department turnaround times. Statistically, lab results are used in 70-80% of all medical decisions so the quicker the lab gets information to the clinician, the quicker the clinician can treat the patient. This is the 2nd time that ARHS Laboratory Services has presented a quality initiative and won during this national conference.

Robert L. Michel, the Founder and Host of the Lab Quality Confab states, “The American healthcare system is undergoing major transformation, and it is essential that all clinical laboratories and pathology groups recognize and respond to a sea-change. Expect high value content and learning from this information-filled conference, as best-of-class clinical laboratories share their most successful strategies to meet the new needs of physicians, patients, and payers.”

ARHS Laboratory Services is dedicated to constantly improving the delivery of care for our patients. And of course, ARHS is pleased to highlight the work of our Laboratory Services teams who work daily to locally provide the same high quality level of care that is found in other world-class health organizations.