Saint Michael's Medical Center
laboratory has been accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) after
a on-site inspection conducted as part of the organization's accreditation program.
CAP accreditation is recognition of the excellence of the services being provided by Saint
Michael's Lab, which is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities
“The entire laboratory staff and administrative support staff can
take pride in knowing that they are providing the highest quality services
to our patients,” said Dr. Eliezer M. Seguerra, Jr., MD, the medical
director of pathology and the clinical laboratory.
Seguerra specifically praised Roslyn Whittle-Kinard, the administrative
director of Laboratory Services, for her commitment and guidance in providing
quality laboratory services.
Dr. Claudia Komer, MD, Saint Michael’s chief medical officer, said
quality lab services are essential in delivering appropriate care.
“Our patients can rest assured knowing that our lab provides consistent,
quality, reliable results,” Komer said.
Saint Michael’s modern lab takes up the entire sixth floor of its
Annex building and houses some of the most technologically advanced laboratory
equipment available today.
The U.S. federal 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.
The College of American Pathologists 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