Howard Young Medical Center Laboratory receives national recognition

October 24, 2008

WOODRUFF--Howard Young Medical Center (HYMC) Laboratory has been re-awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a September on-site inspection. The HYMC Lab has attained this high standard for over 15 years.

Howard Young Health Care Laboratory Director, Lisa Michaelis-Alft, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated 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.”

The inspector was extremely complimentary of her finds. She extended great comments to the department for being well prepared, well organized and a quality-focused lab.

“Once accredited, the department must perform routine proficiency studies, and are
subject to on site inspections every other year,” said Dr. James Lau, HYHC Laboratory Medical Director. “These inspections take months of planning, organizing and gathering data to be scrutinized by peer inspectors who are highly knowledgeable of the most current techniques, policies and processes.”

During the on-site inspection, the CAP 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.

The College of American Pathologist is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 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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