The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital laboratory in Breese, Illinois, based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.
Dr. Dolph Haege, HSHS St. Joseph’s laboratory medical director, and Greg Weiner, laboratory manager, were advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. St. Joseph’s Hospital is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
“St. Joseph’s laboratory team is dedicated to serving our community with the highest quality and safety standards,” said Dr. Haege. “Receiving this accreditation demonstrates our commitment to providing quality care, close to home.”
St. Joseph’s Hospital’s President and CEO Chris Klay shared, “I am extremely proud of our laboratory colleagues for achieving this national recognition, especially amid the demands of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team continues to exceed expectations, providing highly accurate results to our providers in a timely manner,” he said.
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, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, 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.