The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Trinity Health System, Trinity Medical Center West Laboratory, in Steubenville, Ohio, based on results of a recent on-site inspection.
The facility's medical director, Himanshu M. Doshi, M.D., and administrative director Don Niess were advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation as being equal-to or more-stringent than the government's own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, which is 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 overall management.
Trinity West Laboratory Department was also accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB. This includes the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products.
"The CAP and AABB accreditation procedures are voluntary," Doshi explained. "Trinity Health System has sought these accreditations because the programs assist facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety."