The Paris Community Hospital Laboratory has received national recognition for its quality of service and commitment to excellence.
The laboratory was re-awarded accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), which is considered the “gold standard” in laboratory accreditation. The award followed a recent on-site inspection of the PCH Laboratory.
During the visit, the CAP inspectors examined the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the previous two years. The inspection also included examination of the entire staff’s qualifications, the laboratory equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the department.
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.
Asuncion U. Dewitt, MD, the laboratory’s medical director and pathologist, was congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.” Paris Community Hospital Laboratory is one of the more than 7,800 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide.
The PCH Laboratory has been CAP-accredited since 1995.