Evangelical Laboratories Reaccredited by the College of American Pathologists

May 03, 2018


Evangelical Community Hospital’s main laboratory and the oncology/pathology laboratory located at 75 Medical Park, Lewisburg, have earned reaccreditation from The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the leading organization that serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.

The reaccreditation came after an unannounced inspection, with 12 inspectors spending eight hours scrutinizing all aspects of testing including sample collection, pre-analytics, quality control, equipment maintenance, individual test analysis, and accuracy of reporting. Personnel records were also examined to ensure only qualified individuals are performing testing, and their required annual competency is being appropriately measured.

The Hospital’s laboratory services include but are not limited to microbiology-bacteriology studies, automated chemistry studies (cardiac markers, ligands, biochemistry profiles, diabetes testing, and testing to measure the effectiveness of drug treatments, hematology (complete blood counts and tests to monitor anemia), coagulations studies (blood clotting testing), transfusion services, urinalysis, cytology, histology and fertility testing.  A vital service of the Hospital, the laboratory employs 73 individuals and processed more than 1.4 million tests last year.

Pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease. Evangelical’s pathology laboratory conducts tests on surgical specimens in order to get information about the health of a patient as pertaining to diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.

The CAP reaccreditation process includes an unannounced inspection where inspectors scrutinize all aspects of testing including sample collection, pre-analytics, quality control, equipment maintenance, individual test analysis, and accuracy of reporting. Personnel records are also examined to ensure only qualified individuals are performing testing, and their required annual competency is being appropriately measured.

 

ABOUT EVANGELICAL
Evangelical is a non-profit organization that employs over 1,700 individuals and has more than 170 employed and non-employed physicians on staff. The Hospital is licensed to accommodate 132 overnight patients, 12 acute rehab patients, and 18 bassinets. The Hospital serves residents throughout the Central Susquehanna Valley, including those living in Snyder, Union, Northumberland, and Lycoming counties.

ABOUT CAP
The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the leading organization of board-certified pathologists, serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.

For 70 years, the CAP has fostered excellence in laboratories and advanced the practice of pathology and laboratory science. As medicine, technology and pathology have evolved since 1946, the CAP has led the way to meet new challenges that result in better patient outcomes.

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