Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center Laboratory Receives Accreditation

The Laboratory at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, Merrill has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologist (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program began in the early 1960’s and is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. Ministry Good Samaritan has one of the more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

"This process is always a positive experience to have our Laboratory evaluated by an outside agency," said Mary Premeau, director of laboratory services at Ministry Good Samaritan. "It is a reassurance of the high-quality that our patients can expect from our staff which plays a vital role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients."

During the accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the previous 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. The stringent inspection program is designed specifically ensure the highest standard of care for patient’s at Ministry Good Samaritan.

Ministry Good Samaritan's laboratory is staffed 24-hours a day by a team of technologists and technicians and has seven major areas: Hematology, Chemistry, Urinalysis, Bacteriology, Blood Bank, Serology, and Anatomic Pathology.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 17,000 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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