April 17 2015
SITKA – After two days of inspection earlier this month by a professional analyst from The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the results of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital’s 2015 CAP inspection were the best in the hospital’s history. Inspectors found no deficiencies in crucial areas of testing, including microbiology, blood banking, and laboratory leadership. Additionally, as part of the inspection, the CAP inspector met with representatives from the hospital Administration and commented that the laboratory’s quality program is among the best she has ever seen anywhere.
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is based on rigorous accreditation standards and is an internationally recognized program. It is the only one of its kind that uses teams of practicing laboratory professionals as inspectors and goes well beyond regulatory compliance. These strict standards help laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence which, in turn, positively impact patient care. Inspections occur every two years, and determine the overall accreditation status of the laboratory. It is considered the gold standard for hospital laboratories across the country.
SEARHC’s Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Laboratory is overseen by Constance Stager, SEARHC Director of Laboratories, and pathologist, Dr. James Tiesinga. Ms. Stager attributed her department's stellar performance to strong collaborative relationships and a high level of respect that exists among the laboratory and the medical staff, nursing, surgical services, administration and other MEH departments and SEARHC clinics. "It was the best inspection we have ever had, with the fewest deficiencies," said Ms. Stager. "None of the four deficiencies found had any impact on patient care. They were all minor, with two being corrected on the spot. These inspection results demonstrate the high quality of Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital Laboratory staff and services provided to our partners within the Consortium who utilize MEH as their primary reference laboratory."