The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the SoutheastHEALTH laboratories within the hospital and at the Southeast Cancer Center, based on results of an exhaustive on-site inspection as part of the CAP's Accreditation Programs.
George Wettach, MD, Medical Director of Pathology for SoutheastHEALTH, was advised of the national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of services being provided. The labs are one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
"We've had many challenges along the way, including an extensive software conversion and resulting workflow changes," Dr. Wettach said. "Nevertheless, our staff stepped up and got the job done, all while continuing to provide timely and accurate information for our clinical teams – every day, around the clock."
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, 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 main laboratory at Southeast Hospital has a fully automated instrument line and performs over 3 million tests per year, including chemistry, hematology and microbiology. The blood bank also issued over 4,600 units last year.
The Southeast Cancer Center, located on the West Campus of SoutheastHEALTH, treats 4,200 patients a year.