Cass City, MI – April 24. 2018 – Hills & Dales General Hospital is pleased to announce that their Laboratory and Respiratory Therapy (RT) Departments has been awarded their College of American Pathologists (CAP) Accreditation. After a recent, unannounced onsite inspection, Danielle Moore, Director of Laboratory, is happy to report, “The inspectors from CAP were very impressed with our hospital and departments. With only a few suggestions for improvement, the inspection results and accreditation are a testament to the hard work we do every day to ensure the highest standards for our patients.”
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is often referred to as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation. It is a medical society serving more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. CAP is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. CAP is known for advocating accountable, high-quality and cost effective patient care.
During a CAP inspection, there are many items reviewed including policy & procedures, quality control programs, reporting formats, equipment, safety records, staff credentials, and much more. Inspectors spend a few hours with each specific department within the lab (microbiology, phlebotomy, blood bank, etc) reviewing procedures, speaking with staff, and looking at equipment. The inspectors also pay a visit to the Respiratory Therapy (RT) staff that is fully responsible for the Arterial Blood Gas instrument. The RT Department also received accreditation and had an outstanding inspection.
After receiving accreditation, Hills & Dales Laboratory & RT Departments join more than 8,000 CAP accredited laboratories worldwide. Moore also states, “Meeting the stringent CAP standards takes a lot of hard work from everyone, it’s not just the lab or RT staff, it is all departments that work together on a daily basis. The accreditation shows that Hills & Dales General Hospital is making patient safety and quality a priority every single day in every department.”
For more information about CAP, visit www.cap.org.