Cass Regional Medical Center Awarded Laboratory Accreditation from The Joint Commission

August 31, 2017

Cass Regional Medical Center recently announced 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.  

Cass Regional Medical Center underwent a rigorous onsite survey in June 2017.  During the review, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with laboratory standards related to several areas, including document and process control, healthcare-associated conditions, risk reduction, and staff qualifications and competency. The surveyor also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“Of the 1,342 elements of performance that were surveyed, we only received nine requirements for improvement which were very minor in nature,” said Chris Lang, CEO. “This achievement is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of our staff.”

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 Cass Regional Medical Center for its efforts to have laboratory services contribute and support the overall health care delivery system.”

“Cass Regional Medical Center is pleased to receive accreditation from The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation,” added Terry Colombatto, MT (ASCP), Laboratory manager. “Pathologists and other laboratory staff continue to work together to develop and implement approaches and strategies that have the potential to improve care for the patients in our community.”

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.

The Joint Commission

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.

Cass Regional Medical Center

As a critical access hospital, Cass Regional Medical Center maintains a 21-bed medical/surgical unit, a four-bed intensive care unit, and a 10-bed behavioral health unit. Services provided by Cass Regional Medical Center include emergency care; general and specialty surgery; and rehabilitation services which include nationally-recognized cardiac rehabilitation and diabetes education programs. The hospital offers advanced diagnostic capabilities such as MRI, CT and PET-CT scanning, digital and 3-D mammography, nuclear medicine and a nationally-accredited sleep study lab.

Specialists in nearly 20 different areas treat patients on the Cass Regional campus in either the medical center or the adjoining Rock Haven Medical Mall, which is home to Cass Regional’s Rock Haven Specialty Clinic, General Surgery Clinic; Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic and Cass Regional Orthopedics. The Wound Center at Rock Haven Specialty Clinic provides comprehensive treatment (including hyperbaric oxygen therapy) for chronic, slow-to-heal and serious wounds. Cass Regional also operates seven family practice clinics in the communities of Archie, Drexel, Garden City, Harrisonville, Kingsville, Peculiar and Pleasant Hill. For more information, visit www.cassregional.org.


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