LITTLETON, NH – Under the leadership of Laboratory Manager, Elizabeth Andross, BS, MT (AAB), Littleton Regional Healthcare Laboratory was awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.
“The College of American Pathologist accreditation process is a demanding task at best despite the constraints and challenges that COVID 19 posed; this team was able to rise to meet the stringent standards set by CAP which resulted in an exemplary inspection. I am proud to be part of such a remarkable team of laboratory scientist that strive for excellence every day.” says Elizabeth Andross, BS, MT (AAB)
Laboratory Medical Director, Cathy J. Palmer, MD, PhD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided and overall management of the laboratory.
“I am incredibly proud of the dedication and clinical expertise of our laboratory staff. They have worked tirelessly over the last 2 years to integrate COVID testing into our lab service to meet the community need during the pandemic all while maintaining the broad array of laboratory testing LRH offers. Their constant commitment to high quality and compliance with all lab standards is what made our CAP accreditation survey so successful.” says Koren Superchi, RN, MSN; Vice President Patient Care Services, Chief Nursing Officer
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 including education board certifications and continuing education as well as equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.
Littleton Regional Healthcare Laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.
About the College of American Pathologists
As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.