Hospital laboratory receives College of American Pathologists accreditation

Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital and Ministry Medical Group clinic laboratories in Stevens Point, Plover, Amherst, Iola and Waupaca were awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Accreditation is based on the results of an on-site inspection. Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital and Ministry Medical Group labs join more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedure 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 the laboratory's patients.

“We know our patients are waiting on us for results pertaining to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease,” stated Dawn Finch, Laboratory Supervisor at Ministry Health Care. “Waiting on a test can be very hard; we see this accreditation as part of our promise to our patients to put them first in everything we do, that includes providing quality testing.”

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program begun 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.

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