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LRMC Laboratory earns accreditation

September 14, 2010
Special To The Citizen

The Laboratory at Lehigh Regional Medical Center, in Lehigh Acres has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection, according to announcement by Chris Rakunas, LRMC's CEO.

The laboratory's director, Dr. Essam Kazmouz, 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.

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Dr. Essam Kazmouz

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 public that our work is guided by our mission: service, compassion and commitment," said Joanna Harrington, laboratory administrative director. Lehigh Regional Medical Center is an 88-bed facility and is 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 more than 70 physicians.



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