SMMC Laboratory Earns Accreditation From College of American Pathologists 
Tuesday, 20 November 2007 
Rick Esplen, Director of Laboratory Services 

  WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The St. Mary’s Medical Center Laboratory has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).  The national recognition was based on the results of a recent one-site inspection.

According to the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation, St. Mary’s Medical Center Laboratory is to be “congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.”

An accredited laboratory is one that is inspected by a private nonprofit accrediting organization that has been approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), such as the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program.  The accredited laboratory’s performance and procedures are considered as equivalent to, or more stringent than, the government’s and CMS’s regulatory requirements.            

“With the various changes in regulations and increased emphasis on education and communication, laboratory accreditation from the College of American Pathologists is one of the keys to providing the highest level of quality patient care,” says hospital CEO Davide M. Carbone.  “This recognition affirms that our laboratory conforms to those standards on an ongoing basis.”

Laboratories choosing to voluntarily comply with the CAP Accreditation Program are reviewed by volunteer inspectors acting as peer reviewers.  The CAP program involves unannounced on-site inspections every two years and, in the non-on-site inspection year, laboratories conduct self-inspections.

During CAP accreditation, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the two preceding years.  CAP inspectors also review staff qualifications, lab equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as overall management of the laboratory.  The stringent inspections are designed to ensure the highest standard of care for patients.