Riverside Tappahannock Hospital announced that it has been awarded accreditation from the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), following an extensive on-site inspection and interviews with the laboratory and pathology team members.
The prestigious recognition underscores Riverside Tappahannock Hospital’s commitment to patient service excellence and places it among more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
The Riverside facility also demonstrates competency via federal proficiency testing that requires all patient testing to be monitored and tested repeatedly year round.
“We are honored to earn CAP accreditation for Riverside Tappahannock Hospital,” said Peg Heatley, Laboratory Director. “CAP is considered the gold standard for laboratory accreditation – a seal of approval that further demonstrates how our dedicated lab team adheres to the leading best practices of the health care industry.”
The CAP accreditation process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients. During an inspection, laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years are inspected. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
Since the early 1960s, the federal government has recognized the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.
CAP is the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs. It serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.
Published: October 8, 2018