Firelands Regional Medical Center Arterial Blood Gas Laboratory Receives Accreditation
(January 17, 2019 – Sandusky, Ohio) Firelands Regional Medical Center’s Arterial Blood Gas (ABG) Laboratory, under the direction of Medical Director Christopher Avendano, has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection. In 2017, more than 20,000 laboratories enrolled in proficiency testing (PT) programs through CAP, and just over 8,000 laboratories worldwide were granted their accreditation, Firelands Regional Medical Center ABG Laboratory being one of those facilities.
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff 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.
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. More information about the CAP can be found at www.cap.org.
About Firelands Regional Medical Center
Firelands Regional Medical Center is home to some of the nation’s best physicians and is one of the top-rated hospitals in the state. Firelands is one of only two hospitals in Ohio to receive both Healthgrades® America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Orthopedic Surgery™ and America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Spine Surgery™ in 2018. Firelands is also the only hospital in our 4-county service area to achieve both the America’s 100 Best for Orthopedic Surgery™ and Spine Surgery™ in 2018. The medical center is also the recipient of the Healthgrades 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and named among the top 10 percent in the nation for patient safety in 2017. Firelands is accredited in heart failure and is an American Heart Association Mission: Lifeline Gold Plus Receiving Hospital, as well as a Certified Chest Pain Center. The health system is a Verified Level III Trauma Center, a Certified Primary Stroke Center, and is the area’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. Firelands Counseling and Recovery Services is one of the largest hospital based behavioral health and substance abuse programs in the state of Ohio. To learn more about our quality achievements, please visit firelands.com/quality