AMMC Laboratories Receive Accreditation
April 29, 2013
The Main and Outpatient Diagnostic Services Laboratories at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center have received accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.
The laboratory’s medical director, Dr. David Quinn, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Arkansas Methodist Medical Center’s laboratories are two of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide. According to Dr. Quinn, “CAP accreditation is the industry standard for quality. Our patients, at AMMC, can be assured that their local labs uphold the same quality standards as any major hospital lab in the country.”
The U.S. Federal Government recognizes the CAP 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.
The College of American Pathologists is a medical society that serves more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The college is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care. More information about the college can be found at www.cap.org.