A global leader in laboratory safety standards has given Mercy Hospital Berryville’s lab department a major seal of approval.
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Mercy based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs. Mercy Hospital Berryville is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
“This is the gold standard for laboratories,” said Lab Supervisor Kim Ginder about the national recognition. “People are healthier because of laboratory medicine, and being accredited means we’re advocates for cost-effective, safe and high quality care.”
“We consider this a badge of honor,” said Doug Stroemel, Mercy Hospital Berryville administrator. “We’re proud of our lab team – from phlebotomists to medical technologists – who go above and beyond. Through their hard work, Mercy Hospital Berryville really has set the bar high.”
The U.S. 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 Programs, 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. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org. Follow CAP on Twitter: @pathologists.
Mercy Springfield Communities is comprised of Mercy Hospital Springfield, an 866-bed referral center; five regional hospitals in Lebanon, Aurora, Cassville, Mountain View, and Berryville, Ark.; Mercy Clinic, a 500-plus physician clinic with 70 locations throughout the region. It is part of Mercy, the seventh largest Catholic health care system in the U.S. and serves millions annually. Mercy includes 45 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.