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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 Follow CAP on Twitter: @pathologists.

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