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Published on July 17, 2009

Valley West Lab Receives Accreditation From College of American Pathologists

July 17, 2009

Valley West Community Hospital Laboratory, part of the KishHealth System, has again been awarded accreditation by the American Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

The laboratory’s manager, Debra Heise, MT-ASCP, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the "excellence of the services being provided." Valley West Laboratory is one of nearly 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide. "The continued CAP Accreditation lets our customers know that we are focused on providing a safe environment for them to receive healthcare and to provide high quality and timely analysis of patient samples," says Heise.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which began 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 to the overall management of the laboratory. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients.

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