Lehigh Regional Medical Center Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

LEHIGH ACRES, FL (August 31, 2010) - The Laboratory at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, in Lehigh Acres, Florida, has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection. 

The laboratory’s director, Essam Kazmouz, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. The Laboratory at Lehigh Regional Medical Center is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide. 

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. 

“The CAP has a steadfast commitment to fostering the highest standards in laboratory medicine and patient care. This certification is a shorthand way to show patients, clinicians and the general public that we our work is guided by our mission: service, compassion and commitment”, said Joanna Harrington, Laboratory administrative director. 

About Lehigh Regional Medical Center 
Lehigh Regional Medical Center is an 88-bed facility located in Lehigh Acres, FL. Accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Lehigh Regional Medical Center serves a five-county area. The medical center’s staff consists of over 70 physicians. 

About the College of American Pathologists 
The College of American Pathologists is a medical society that serves more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of Board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care. More information about the College can be found at www.cap.org.