The Adena Regional Medical Center (ARMC) Laboratoryhas again received a two-year accreditation from the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The accreditation is based on results of a recent on-site inspection.
“As far as lab accreditations go, CAP is the highest accreditation a laboratory can receive,” said Adam McGonigle, Director of Laboratory Services. “There are thousands of regulatory requirements that we are held to. By going through CAP, we know that we are providing the best quality service we can for our patients and providers.”
With this recognition, ARMC’s Lab – which during the 2020 portion of the Coronavirus pandemic added about 4,300 COVID-19 tests each month to its usual heavy patient test load – remains one of only about 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
The CAP accreditation process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients. During an inspection, laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years are inspected. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
The stringent nature of the accreditation process is why Adena chooses to pursue the designation. Since the early 1960s, the federal government has recognized the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.
Adena Health System Laboratories provide testing in chemistry, COVID-19, hematology, microbiology, pathology, molecular, and transfusion services. Adena’s CAP-accredited labs are located at Adena Regional Medical Center in Chillicothe, Adena Greenfield Medical Center and Adena Pike Medical Center in Waverly. Adena also offers lab specimen collection sites in Chillicothe, Circleville, Greenfield, Jackson, Washington Court House, Waverly and Wellston that work directly with its accredited labs. For more information, visit Adena.org/lab.