Hot Springs Labs Earn Accreditation

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Hot Springs Laboratory staff

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Laboratory and Respiratory Care Laboratory, based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs. Both departments have also recently been awarded with accreditation by The Joint Commission.

The CAP’s peer based inspector model accredits the entire spectrum of laboratory test disciplines with customized checklist requirements.  There were over 1500 checklist requirements that were met for the inspection.The CAP accreditation process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients.  CAP 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 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), granted the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program deeming authority, which allows CAP inspection in lieu of a CMS inspection. It is also recognized by The Joint Commission, and can be used to meet many state certification requirements

The College of American Pathologists 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.

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Jo DeRoche and Bobby Abbott for Lab
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Mark Meyers and Billy Bohnert for Respiratory Care