Friday, May 30, 2014
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital’s laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection. The laboratory passed rigorous regulatory requirements to maintain its accreditation, which is reviewed every two years.
CAP is a medical society serving physicians and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed only 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. The accreditation program helps to meet and exceed requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) as well as those of other national and state regulatory bodies. NVRH is one of more than 7,000 CAP accredited laboratories worldwide.
The CAP program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. During the accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and the quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. Staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety programs and records, in addition to the overall management of the laboratory are all examined during the process.
The lab staff must maintain a “perpetually-ready lab,” since the inspection date is unannounced. Lab staff must address 1,500 to 2,000 individual regulations involved in the average inspection. Each item must be addressed and documentation provided to prove compliance. “This inspection was one of the best I’ve seen. As a laboratory, we work well as a team, which is key to doing such important work on behalf of our patients,” said Dr. Ciolino, NVRH pathologist.
“I’m proud of our staff and the quality patient care we provide. The CAP accreditation recognizes us for the knowledgeable, experienced, dedicated professionals who work here. It’s all about team work on behalf of the patients we serve,” stated Bonnie Torres, Director of the NVRH lab.
Not all laboratory personnel were able to be part of the picture, but, as Torres pointed out, “every employee in the laboratory is crucial to the lab accreditation.” Pictured from left to right are (photo #1) Front row: Alison Ciolino, MD; Carew Magnus, Lynn Collins, Patsy Tower: Second row: Kathy Brown; Karen Cate, Linda Larrivee, Susan Gadapee, Edwina Labrecque, Terry Logozzo, Kattie Cahoon. Third row: Holly Hormann, Andrea Dawson, Jim Coulson, Bonnie Torres, Sabra McGorty, (photo #2): Nancy Pellegrino, Domingo Lamidriz, Tracy Hale O’Quist. Missing from the pictures are: Erica Butterfield, Suzanne Camber, Evelyn D’Ambra, Susan Longchamps, Lynda Maloney, Michelle Mercier, Ivy Pagliari, Christine Wakefield, Brianna Warren.