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Laboratory receives CAP accreditation

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital’s clinical laboratory based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

The laboratory’s director, Joseph Gaines, Jr., M.D., and hospital President Tanya Adcock were advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Good Samaritan Hospital Laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities nationwide.

“We are very proud to achieve our first CAP accreditation,” Dr. Gaines said. “For years, our laboratory has been accredited by another organization. While this was good, CAP is focused entirely on laboratory quality and safety. Moving our accreditation to CAP helps ensure we meet the highest, most laboratory-focused standards available.”

“CAP accreditation is very challenging because their standards are extremely high,” Adcock said. “I am tremendously proud of our staff and medical staff for making this accomplishment possible. We look forward to a long and ongoing collaboration with CAP to ensure our laboratory meets the highest standards for care for years to come.”

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the 1960s, as being equal to, or more stringent than, the government’s own inspection program.

During the accreditation process, CAP 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.

About the College of American Pathologists

As the worlds’ largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, CAP serves patients, pathologists, 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