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Laboratory at St. Mary Medical Center Receives Accreditation From College of American Pathologists

LANGHORNE, Pa., March 9, 2011 – The laboratory at St. Mary Medical Center was awarded a two-year re-accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

Zenon Gibas, MD, Medical Director of the laboratory, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the service being provided at St. Mary Medical Center. “A CAP accreditation is the gold standard that reflects the care St. Mary takes in ensuring safe and accurate testing,” Gibas says.

Administrative Director of the Clinical Laboratory, Tom Flatley MS, MT, stated that “this gold standard of laboratory accreditation along with the AABB certification for our Transfusion Services Department demonstrates the highest quality of services provided to the community by our clinical pathology colleagues.” The laboratory at St. Mary Medical Center is among the approximately 5,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

The laboratory at St. Mary serves inpatient, outpatient and outreach populations, including nursing home residents. In 2010, St. Mary was the first medical center in Bucks County to automate its laboratory, using Siemens StreamLab. The state-of-the-art system enhances operational efficiency resulting in improved workflow and accuracy of diagnosis, while supporting high quality standards of patient safety.

The CAP Laboratory Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. Inspectors examine the records and quality control of the laboratory for the preceding two years, as well as the education and qualifications of the staff, the adequacy of the facilities, the equipment, safety, and laboratory management to determine who well the laboratory is serving the patient.