St. Francis Medical Center Laboratory Awarded Accreditation from College of American Pathologists
Nov 15, 2019 | St. Francis News
The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the Laboratory of St. Francis Medical Center (SFMC), based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.
SFMC’s Laboratory Medical Director, Gary N. Garshfield, MD, was advised of this national recognition and was congratulated for the excellence of the laboratory services being provided. This includes hematology, chemistry, microbiology, pathology and blood bank. The Laboratory supports SFMC’s full array of health care services ranging from trauma, surgery, stroke, STEMI, and cardiovascular to maternal-child health, orthopedics and wound care.
Dr. Garshfield said, “We are very proud of our CAP accreditation. Laboratory medicine and technology is ever evolving, and this demonstrates our commitment to accuracy, efficiency, and employing best practices so that we can support doctors and patients in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease.”
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 accreditation process 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, its safety program and record and overall management.
St. Francis Medical Center’s Chief Nursing Officer Derek S. Drake, DNP, RN, NE-BC, CNML, CNL, commended the staff upon this achievement. He said, “Receiving CAP accreditation further affirms the high quality and safety standards of our Laboratory. Our dedicated team of highly qualified lab professionals knows that every specimen and culture represents a patient in our care, so they perform every test with the greatest of care.”
St. Francis Medical Center’s Laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
About St. Francis Medical Center
St. Francis Medical Center is the only comprehensive, non-profit health care institution serving Southeast Los Angeles. St. Francis is dedicated to providing vital health care services for the 700,000 adults and 300,000 children who count on the hospital for high quality and compassionate medical care. St. Francis is recognized for its full range of diagnostic and treatment services in specialties including Cardiovascular, Surgical, Orthopedics, Maternal-Child Health, and Trauma and its broad array of outreach programs. St. Francis Medical Center has an essential role in LA County’s Public/Private Health Care Safety Net and is an Approved Primary Stroke Care Center and STEMI Receiving Center for Los Angeles County. For more information visit stfrancis.verity.org.
About the College of American Pathologists
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 (CAP) serves patients, pathologist, 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 cap.org.