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Ketchikan General Hospital Lab receives accreditation
from College of American Pathologists


August 03, 2005

Ketchikan, Alaska - Ketchikan General Hospital (KGH) Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Services has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on results of a recent on-site inspection.  

jpg Dr. Speer Pathologist

Isabell E. Speer, MD, Pathologist
Photo courtesy KGB

The laboratory's director, Isabell E. Speer, MD, Pathologist, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the "excellence of the services being provided." The KGH lab is one of more than 6,000CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

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.

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. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratory's patients. CAP accreditation is considered the "gold standard" for hospital laboratory management.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

"I am extremely proud of our entire lab and pathology team for consistently keeping our quality up to CAP standards," said Pat Branco, KGH CEO. "It plays a significant part in PeaceHealth's mission of providing exceptional medicine within our community," he said.



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