Vassar Brothers Medical Center laboratory earns accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Posted: 1/23/2019

The Vassar Brothers Medical Center Laboratory recently received accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for meeting high standards in its laboratory.

“In addition to the rigorous and high standards of the New York State Department of Health inspection, the CAP accreditation adds another level of scrutiny that is recognized across the laboratory industry,” said Dr. Daniel Cruser, chair of the hospital’s Department of Pathology. “These results validate our team’s dedication to high standards and providing quality care to our patients.”

The hospital’s lab is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“The College of American Pathologists is an ongoing activity to improve the quality of clinical laboratory services through voluntary participation, peer review, education and compliance with established performance standards,” said Deborah Esposito, assistant vice president of Laboratory Operations, Support Services and Administration at the hospital. “This recognition demonstrates we are compliant and dedicated to the safety of our patients.”

During the accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. Inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

The federal government recognizes the accreditation as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.

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