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Lake Regional Awarded Laboratory Accreditation from The Joint Commission

Friday, February 21, 2020

Lake Regional Health System announces that it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Laboratory Services Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

To achieve accreditation from The Joint Commission, the Lab underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in October 2019. During the review, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with laboratory standards related to several areas, including document and process control; health care-associated conditions; risk reduction; and staff qualifications and competency. The surveyor also conducted on-site observations and interviews.

“The laboratory services team at Lake Regional is pleased to receive this recognition for providing safe and effective care,” said Joanne Reed, manager of Laboratory Services at Lake Regional Health System. “That care mostly happens behind the scenes, but it directly contributes to improving the health of patients and saving lives.”

Founded in 1957, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Operating as an independent, nonprofit organization, the Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. Nearly 2,000 laboratories in hospitals, reference labs, blood transfusion and donor centers, public health laboratories, and point-of-care test sites, currently maintain Laboratory Services Accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a two-year cycle.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Lake Regional Laboratory Services for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.

Lake Regional Health System provides comprehensive health care services to residents and visitors throughout the mid-Missouri region. The hospital is a Level II Stroke Center, Level II STEMI (heart attack) Center and Level III Trauma Center. Lake Regional also provides a wide range of specialties, including cancer care, heart care, orthopedics and women’s health. Plus, Lake Regional operates primary care clinics, Express Care clinics, rehab therapy clinics, programs for home health and hospice, and retail pharmacies.