Lake Regional Health System 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, the hospital laboratory underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey May 10-12, 2022. 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 Joint Commission survey and our Gold Seal ensures that our Lake Regional laboratory services team provides safe and effective care,” said Joanne Reed, director 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.”
In addition to surveying the hospital lab, The Joint Commission also inspected and awarded its Gold Seal of Approval® to the Lake Regional primary care clinics that provide complete blood count testing: Camdenton, Eldon, Laurie, Lebanon and Osage Beach. The Joint Commission awards Laboratory Services Accreditation for a two-year cycle.