Springfield Hospital Laboratory accreditation from CAP

The staff of the Springfield Hospital Laboratory. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists has awarded accreditation to Springfield Hospital Laboratory, based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s accreditation programs.

The facility’s medical director, Carrie Cocklin, M.D., was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Springfield Hospital Laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide. “The inspection showed that we are committed to patient safety and strictly follow the policies and quality indicators established by the CAP. I have been impressed by the positive attitudes and dedication of our staff. They are great assets to the hospital,” said Cocklin.

Upon learning of the laboratory’s accreditation, Michael Halstead, interim CEO of Springfield Hospital, said, “Springfield Hospital has a long history of high standards for quality care, and this is but one example of the fine work being done each and every day for the benefit of our patients. We are very proud of the commitment of our staff, and I want to congratulate our laboratory team in particular for this achievement. Recognition such as this helps demonstrate the high quality care available close to home in our local community.”

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.

As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at www.cap.org.

Congratulations to the pathology and laboratory medicine team for this significant accomplishment that further demonstrates our commitment to high-quality patient care at Springfield Hospital.

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