|Hamilton Medical Center’s (HMC) Laboratory recently received a 2-year accreditation from The Joint Commission after a successful survey. HMC laboratory associates are pictured.|
DALTON, Ga. – Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) recently earned The
Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Laboratory Accreditation
by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.
The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an
organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
HMC underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in August. During the review, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with laboratory standards related to several areas, including document and process control, health care-associated conditions, risk reduction, and staff education. The surveyor also conducted on-site observations and interviews.
The Joint Commission has accredited hospital laboratory services since 1979, and freestanding laboratories since 1995. Almost 2,000 organizations, including laboratories in hospitals, reference labs, blood transfusion and donor centers, public health laboratories, and point-of-care test sites currently maintain Laboratory Accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a two-year cycle.
“Joint Commission accreditation gives laboratories the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from specimen collection to result reporting,” said Chad Larson, M.B.A., interim executive director, Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “We commend Hamilton Medical Center for its efforts to have laboratory services contribute and support the overall health care delivery system.”
HMC’s laboratory is also accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) and the FDA.
“It takes many individuals and departments to have such an outstanding survey,” said Sandy McKenzie, COO for HMC. “The success of our survey is a direct reflection of the dedication our laboratory associates have to our organization and patients.”