Asheville VA Hospital laboratory gains national recognition

From a press release:

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the Charles George VA Medical Center (CGVAMC) Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s accreditation programs.
            The CGVAMC’s Chief of Pathology and Laboratory, William E. Chapman, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.  The Charles George Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service is one of more than 7,600 CAP accredited facilities worldwide.  Medical Center Director Cynthia Breyfogle said, “I am very proud of this validation of the excellent services provided by our Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service to our Veterans.  I appreciate our staff and their dedication to quality outcomes.”
            The 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 CAP has been considered to be the “gold standard” in laboratory accreditation for more than 50 years.  The CAP serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community.  It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologist and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance.  The CAP advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care.


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