Ocala Regional Medical Center & West Marion Community Hospital Laboratories Receive Accreditation from College of American Pathologists
November 30, 2012
Ocala, FL – The laboratories at Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital have received accreditation based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the College of American Pathologists’ (CAP) Accreditation Programs.
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.
The facilities director, Margaret L. Cohen, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital Laboratories are two of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide. 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.
The CAP, celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care. More information about the CAP can be found at www.cap.org