August 23, 2012 -
Olympic Medical Center’s laboratory has received a two-year accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), a result of a recent on-site inspection as part of CAP’s accreditation programs.
OMC laboratory medical director, Josephine Zuzarte, MD, received the notification that further congratulated the staff for the excellent service provided to patients.
“We look forward to working with [OMC] in the future, and commend [OMC’s] achievement for the ‘gold standard’ of laboratory accreditation,” wrote Ronald B. Lepoff, MD, and chair of the CAP accreditation committee.
The laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
“Olympic Medical laboratory staff is dedicated to providing quality results for our patients,” says Steve Blackham, lab director. “We are proud to be accredited by the College of American Pathologists.”
About CAP Accreditation
The US federal government recognizes the CAP laboratory accreditation program 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.
About the College of American Pathologists
The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. CAP advocates accountable, high-quality and cost-effective patient care. More information about CAP can be found at www.cap.org.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. Olympic Medical is a sole community hospital and rural referral center, and a charter member of both the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (2003) and the Swedish Health Network (2011). Olympic Medical provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.