November 21, 2011


WAYNESBORO, Tenn. — Wayne Medical Center (WMC) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in laboratories. The accreditation award recognizes WMC’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

The laboratory at WMC underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in September. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated laboratory services for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Wayne Medical Center has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," said Jennifer Rhamy, M.B.A., M.A., M.T. (ASCP) SBB, HP, Executive Director, Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend them for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"Earning Joint Commission accreditation of our laboratory demonstrates that Wayne Medical Center is focused on quality and safety on a daily basis. Members of our community can take comfort in knowing that our laboratory has either met or exceeded the national standards for quality and safety,” said Gerald Faircloth, CEO at WMC. “I would like to commend each of the medical center’s employees and physicians who have helped to make this recognition possible and for their efforts to continually improve the services we provide.”

The Joint Commission has been evaluating and accrediting laboratory services since 1979. Today, The Joint Commission accredits almost 2,000 organizations providing laboratory services. This represents almost 3,000 Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment certificate laboratories, including independent reference labs and in vitro fertilization labs, and those connected with other health care organizations such as hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers and long-term care facilities.

The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards emphasize the results a laboratory should achieve instead of emphasizing the technical methods of performing testing, and were developed with input from professional laboratory organizations. Joint Commission standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens from the doctor’s order into the laboratory from specimen collection then back to the patient through result reporting, focusing on the provision of high quality, safe laboratory services integrated with patient care. These standards highlight the essential nature of laboratory services on the actual care and service delivery processes that contribute to and support the overall health care delivery system.