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WCA Clinical Laboratory Earns 3 Accreditations

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The WCA Hospital Clinical Laboratory team received three accreditations in 2010 from The Joint Commission, the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences and the American Association of Blood Banks.

The Joint Commission National Quality Approval

Jamestown, New York (Friday, December 17, 2010)—The Clinical Laboratory at WCA Hospital has been awarded three accreditations this year including The Gold Seal of Approval™ from The Joint Commission.  The WCA Hospital School of Medical Technology was also awarded accreditation; receiving a seven-year re-accreditation, the highest achievable certification from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) for being in compliance with the Standards of Accredited Educational Program for the Medical Laboratory Scientist.  Additionally, the Clinical Laboratory at WCA Hospital was granted re-accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) that sets the highest standards for blood banks and transfusion services. AABB also recognized exceptional practices in the WCA Blood Bank for which they submitted a method to be reviewed for entry into their Commendable Practices Library.

The accreditations were awarded to WCA Hospital after rigorous onsite evaluations by highly trained, certified experts who established that the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the hospital’s Clinical Laboratory met or exceeded their patient quality and safety standards. During the accreditation processes, every aspect of the laboratory’s daily operations and its impact on patient quality and safety was assessed and reviewed.

“Our Clinical Laboratory has demonstrated its expertise and commitment to quality patient care by meeting or exceeding a wide set of stringent criteria,” said Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO.  “Accreditations are the result of hard work on an ongoing basis and are the cornerstone of quality improvement and patient safety initiatives enabling WCA to consistently assess and improve the services we provide to our patients.”

The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards emphasize the quality outcomes a laboratory should achieve instead of focusing on only the technical methods of test performance, and were developed with input from professional laboratory organizations. Joint Commission standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens from the doctor’s order into the laboratory from specimen collection then back to the Physician or patient through result reporting, focusing on the provision of high quality, safe laboratory services integrated with patient care. These standards highlight the essential nature of laboratory services on the actual care and service delivery processes that contribute to and support the overall health care delivery system.

In congratulating WCA Hospital for its outstanding efforts, Jennifer Rhamy, M.B.A., M.S., M.T. (ASCP) SBB, HP, Executive Director, Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission said WCA Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients.  “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend WCA Hospital for successfully undertaking this challenge to evaluate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves,” said Rhamy.

The AABB Accreditation is a voluntary process.  The Accreditation Program assists blood banks, transfusion services, cellular therapy facilitation, relationship testing laboratories, immunohematology reference laboratories and perioperative services in determining whether methods, procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment and the physical plant meet established requirements.  The minimum requirements for accreditation are based primarily on a set of specific standards for the area in which accreditation is being sought.  These standards not only reflect the level of professional proficiency for blood banks and transfusion services in the United States, but also provide the basis for practice in similar facilities around the world.

The School of Medical Technology received 7-year accreditation from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), conforming to the standards established by NAACLS which is sponsored by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists and the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ASCLS).  The WCA Hospital School of Medical Technology is a 45-week, internship program offering intensive study and experience in the clinical laboratory sciences as the final year of a Bachelor’s degree or post-graduate program.

“These achievements are only the minimum standards of performance in our eyes,” said William A. Geary, MD, Pathologist, Medical Director of the WCA Hospital Laboratory.  “The specific performance in serving patients’ and physicians’ needs is a daily measure of value that remains our focus.” 

The WCA Hospital Clinical Laboratory is staffed by two board certified pathologists and more than 75 laboratory technologists, technicians, and health care professionals.

WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York’s largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services.  WCA Hospital is also accredited by The Joint Commission and the American College of Radiology and is approved by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer.

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