Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital Laboratory Receives Top Rating

(Eagle River) – The Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital (MERMH) laboratory has been awarded a re-accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

Ministry Howard Young Health Care Laboratory Director, Lisa Michaelis-Alft, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated the staff for the “excellence” of the services being provided. “We were very excited to receive this distinction,” said Michaelis-Alft. “This is an unannounced inspection that occurs every other year to maintain the laboratory’s accreditation. This verifies that our laboratory staff provides high quality service on a daily basis.” 

The inspector was extremely thorough and complimentary of her findings. She extended comments to the department for being well-prepared, well-organized and being a quality-focused lab. “Once accredited, the department must perform regular quality checks and are subject to on-site inspections every other year,” said MERMH Laboratory Supervisor, Alicia Evensen. “Inspection preparations take months of planning, organizing and data-gathering. The inspectors are highly knowledgeable on up-to-date techniques, policies and processes.”

During the on-site inspection, the CAP inspectors examine the laboratory’s records, quality activities and test procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine staff qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment records, the safety program, and the integration of lab services as seen by physicians and administrators. 

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society, celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, serving nearly 18,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world.  It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

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