For the second consecutive cycle, our Lehigh Regional Medical Center (LRMC) laboratory received accreditation with zero deficiencies. The Laboratory Accreditation Program of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) is an ongoing activity to improve the quality of clinical laboratory services through voluntary participation, peer review, education, and compliance with established performance standards. CAP states, “This program accredits the entire spectrum of laboratory test disciplines with the most scientifically rigorous customized checklist requirements. The CAP’s peer-based inspector model provides a unique balance of regulatory and educational coaching supported by the most respected worldwide pathology organization. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) granted the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program deeming authority, which allows CAP inspection in lieu of a CMS inspection. It is also recognized by The Joint Commission, and can be used to meet many state certification requirements.”
Patricia Gregg, M.D., F.C.A.P., Clinical Pathologist and Medical Director of Clinical Laboratory Services at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, commented, “The CAP checklists contain 3,000 items that are the framework for maintaining our accreditation. Our team works diligently to maintain these high standards of thorough compliance. It is a privilege to announce our 100% success this year.” CAP stated in August of 2017, “The program is internationally recognized and is the largest of its kind that utilizes teams of practicing laboratory professionals as inspectors. Designed to go well beyond regulatory compliance, the program helps laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care.” Dr. Gregg and the LRMC laboratory team has maintained its accreditation status since 1998. Congratulations!