The Helen Hayes Hospital Clinical Laboratory has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, initiated in the 1960’s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent that the government’s own inspection program. During the accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratory’s patients.
“This accreditation represents our commitment to providing the highest level of services to our patients,” states Steven Spitalnik, M.D., Laboratory Director. “The staff of our Clinical Lab also works closely with referring healthcare professionals, to ensure that they receive accurate and timely reports.”
The College of American Pathologists is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. Helen Hayes Hospital is one of the nation’s leading specialty physical rehabilitation hospitals, restoring mobility and function to individuals recovering from traumatic injuries and chronic disabling illnesses.