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IVCH lab maintains accreditation

PERU — Based on the results of an on-site inspection, the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has renewed the accreditation of the Illinois Valley Community Hospital laboratory.

Managed by Karen Ravnikar, the IVCH lab is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.  The letter notifying IVCH of the recertification congratulated the laboratory staff on the “excellence of the services being provided.”

The 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 IVCH lab has been CAP accredited since 1982.During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine the laboratory staff’s qualifications, as well as the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, in addition to the overall management of the laboratory.  This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, according to Ravnikar.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 18,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world.  It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance.

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