BMH Laboratory earns re-accreditation

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BRATTLEBORO — The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists has re-accredited the Laboratory at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP's Accreditation Programs.

Imogene Drakes, PhD, BMH Director of Laboratory Services, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The laboratory at BMH is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

"We are thrilled to be recognized by the CAP Accreditation Program for the work we have done at BMH to ensure that we are providing the best care to our laboratory patients," Drakes said in a statement. "Because the CAP inspection criteria are so stringent, it is truly an honor to number ourselves among other nationally recognized and accredited laboratory facilities across the country."

BMH President and CEO Stephen R. Gordon commented, "The work that has been done to ensure excellence in the BMH laboratory is a true testament to our dedication to providing exceptional care to our community. From staff training to safety procedures, we have ensured that every aspect of our lab meets the highest qualifications. We are proud of the work that Dr. Appleton, Imogene, and the rest of the BMH lab staff have undertaken over the past two years to ensure that our hospital is able to offer outstanding service to all of our patients."

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.

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