June 24, 2008
MAURY REGIONAL LABORATORY RECEIVES TWO ACCREDITATIONS
COLUMBIA, Tenn.— The Maury Regional Hospital Laboratory recently received accreditation from both the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), according to Laboratory Director Teresa Grimmett.
During the on-site inspection by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the CAP, inspectors examined the records and quality control of the laboratory for the preceding two years, as well as the education and qualifications of the total staff, the adequacy of the facilities, the equipment, laboratory safety, and laboratory management. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratory’s patients.
“We take pride in consistently maintaining our laboratory accreditation. This accreditation demonstrates to our patients that they can count on our staff for highly reliable laboratory test results and outstanding quality care,” said Grimmett.
The AABB evaluation of the blood bank is an intensive
on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors
and establishes that the level of medical, technical
and administrative performance within the facility meets
or exceeds the standards set by the AABB. By successfully
meeting those requirements, the hospital laboratory
joins approximately 1,800 facilities across the United
States that have earned AABB accreditation.
"The AABB accreditation is voluntary and assists facilities around the country in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance," said Grimmett.
"Our accreditations couldn't happen without our dedicated and proficient lab staff and pathologists,” said Dr. Charles Bramlett, MD, a specialist in pathology who serves as medical director of the laboratory. “Being CAP accredited tells patients Maury Regional Hospital's laboratory has achieved the highest standards of excellence and is committed to positively impacting patient care.”