August 08, 2003
The Pathology/Laboratory Department's director, Isabell E. Speer, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the "excellence of the services being provided." Ketchikan's laboratory is one of more than 6,000 CAP accredited laboratories nationwide.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP), accreditation is an elective program for hospital laboratories. According to information provided by Ketchikan General Hospital, the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government's own inspection program. It is considered the "gold standard" for hospital laboratory management.
During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine the entire staff's qualifications, the laboratory's equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. According to KGH, this stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratory's patients.
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