Western Maine Health Senior Vice President of Clinical Services, M. Patricia Cook, RN, MBA, EdD, announced recently that the Laboratory at Stephens Memorial Hospital has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.
SMH was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the "excellence of the services provided." The lab is among more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide. This accreditation is awarded for two years, at which time the lab will go through another site inspection.
During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. SMH Pathologist Ola Melhus, M.D. states of the process, "CAP 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." This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratory's patients.
The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance.