The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has again awarded accreditation to Day Kimball Hospital based on results of a recent on-site inspection of the hospital’s Laboratory as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs. Day Kimball Hospital provides more than a half-million diagnostic laboratory tests each year, through its main laboratory at the hospital as well as blood draw sites at three community healthcare centers and visits to skilled nursing facilities and homecare patients across northeast Connecticut.
The laboratory’s medical director, Jiafan Qi, MD, PHD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Day Kimball Hospital is one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
“Our entire staff, from our laboratory service specialists and phlebotomists who work directly with our patients to our pathologists, dispatch and courier staff behind the scenes, work hard every day to provide compassionate care and service and the highest quality, reliable and efficient laboratory results possible,” Dr. Qi said. “Our re-accreditation by the CAP speaks to how those efforts are successful in providing our patients with the highest quality care and service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. We’re very pleased and proud of this accomplishment.”
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.
Of the accreditation, DKH President and CEO Joseph Adiletta said, “Providing the highest quality care to our patients is always our goal and the laboratory plays a crucial role in that effort across the entire Day Kimball Healthcare system. From routine preventive care blood tests to the fastest most reliable results when testing potentially cancerous tissue, this accreditation provides our patients with the assurance that our laboratory is providing them with the best care possible.”
In addition to the CAP accreditation, Day Kimball Hospital’s Laboratory is also accredited by The Joint Commission and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.