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 have consistently maintained CAP and American Association of Blood Bank accreditation. Achieving this accreditation is a reflection on the professionalism of the staff and their commitment to providing quality services for patients and physicians," 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's accreditation procedures are voluntary," said Grimmett. "Maury Regional has sought AABB accreditation because this program assists facilities around the country in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance."