Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017
Vero Beach, FLA (February 22, 2017) — Indian River Medical Center (IRMC) announced today that the hospital’s main laboratory was awarded accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The CAP Accreditation Committee gave IRMC this accreditation based on results of recent on-site inspections.
IRMC’s laboratory medical director, Kali Freeman, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. IRMC’s lab is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
“The work that goes into maintaining this accreditation is tremendous, but it is done all in the name of better quality for our patients,” Dr. Freeman said. “The value of having an on-site lab which produces accurate and timely results is imperative. It is almost impossible for a physician to provide a thorough diagnosis without the assistance of the lab.”
The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
As the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP’s Laboratory Improvement Program, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,700 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide. More information about the CAP can be found at www.cap.org.