PVMC Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Platte Valley Medical Center’s (PVMC) Main Laboratory has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

On August 13, PVMC’s Lab Director Elaine Wagner, M.D. was advised of this recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services provided and achievement of the “gold standard” of laboratory accreditation.

PVMC’s Main Laboratory is one of the more than 7,000 CAP-accredited facilities nationwide. The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program began in the early 1960s and 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, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all lab patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine the entire staff’s qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratory’s patients.

About the College of American Pathologists

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is the world-wide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.

About Platte Valley Medical Center

Platte Valley Medical Center in Brighton, CO is a national top performing hospital with a mission to foster optimal health for all. As one of only four hospitals in Colorado embracing the Planetree philosophy of patient-center care, we thrive on personalizing, humanizing, and demystifying our patients’ health care experience. We are also the only community-owned hospital in the Denver metro service area, have over 100 physicians representing 35 specialties and are the only primary certified stroke center within our service area.

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