Rice Memorial Hospital Laboratory has been awarded an accreditation by the Laboratory Accreditation Program of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.
The laboratory’s director, Jason Mayer, and medical director, Patricia M. Hoeft, M.D., were advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.” RiceMemorialHospital is one of nearly 7,000 CAP-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 all laboratory patients.
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about the College can be found at www.cap.org.