AMMC Laboratories Receive CAP Accreditation
April 20, 2015
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the main laboratory at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center as well as the lab located at Paragould Medical Park based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.
The laboratory’s medical director at the time, 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 7,600 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide. According to Dr. Quinn, “CAP accreditation is the industry standard for quality. Our patients 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 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.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about CAP can be found at www.cap.org.