Schneider lab aces inspection

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ST. THOMAS - Schneider Hospital's laboratory passed a surprise visit from the Joint Commission last month with flying colors.

The commission showed up for the unannounced survey March 11 and spent three full days evaluating the lab's compliance, according to a statement Schneider Hospital issued Thursday.

During the review, the surveyor assessed laboratory standards, reviewed policies and procedures, documentation processes, and process control. The surveyors also reviewed health care-associated conditions, risk reduction and staff education and conducted on-site observations and interviews.

At the end of the inspection, the Joint Commission awarded the lab its gold seal of approval for laboratory accreditation. The gold seal of approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective patient care, according to Schneider Hospital.

According to the hospital, the inspector was impressed with the lab's commitment to quality, safety and patient care.

"The TJC preliminary report shows our hospital received high marks in areas of compliance, quality and controls; there were no direct impact standards reported," the Schneider release stated.

"Joint Commission accreditation gives laboratories the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from specimen collection to result reporting," Joint Commission Interim Executive Director of the Laboratory Accreditation Program Chad Larson said. "We commend Schneider Regional Medical Center for its efforts to have laboratory services contribute and support the overall health care delivery system."

Schneider Hospital Chief Executive Officer Bernard Wheatley said he was proud of the laboratory team.

"Being accredited means we are focused on continual performance improvement. We are truly grateful to all the employees, medical staff, volunteers and board members who ensure our hospital is consistent in providing outstanding care to our community," Wheatley said.

The nonprofit Joint Commission is the nation's top credentialing agency for health care organizations.

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