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.
Lake Regional Health System underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in September 2017. 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 team at Lake Regional is pleased to receive this recognition for providing safe and effective care," said Sherie Hall, 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."
The Joint Commission has accredited hospital laboratory services since 1979 and freestanding laboratories since 1995. More than 1,500 organizations, including 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.
"Joint Commission accreditation provides laboratories with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from specimen collection to result reporting," said Heather Hurley, executive director of Laboratory Business Development, The Joint Commission. "We commend Lake Regional Health System for its efforts to have laboratory services contribute and support the overall health care delivery system."
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 the residents and visitors of the lake region. The hospital is accredited by The Joint Commission and is three-time recipient of the Missouri Quality Award. Lake Regional Health System also operates primary care, walk-in clinics, specialty and rehab therapy clinics, retail pharmacies, and home health and hospice services throughout the lake area.
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Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.