Merrimack Valley Hospital Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Friday, September 06, 2013

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Medical Director George Kwass, MD, was advised of the national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of services being provided, making it one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

According to the College of American Pathologists, The United States Federal Government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which was begun in the early 1960s, as equal to, or more stringent than, the government's own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, which is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine laboratory records and quality control procedures for the past two years.

Inspectors also examine the qualifications of laboratory staff, equipment, facilities, safety programs and the safety record, as well as overall management. 

About the College of American Pathologists
The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating over 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality and cost-efficient patient care. 

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