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St. Claire Regional Lab Services Awarded Joint Commission Accreditation

Hospital news | Friday, February 4, 2011

St. Claire Regional (SCR) has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with national standards for healthcare quality and safety in laboratories. The accreditation award recognizes SCR's dedication to continuous compliance with the Joint Commission's standards.

St. Claire Regional underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in August. The Joint Commission Laboratory surveyor evaluated SCR for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care.

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and uphold a culture of excellence," says Charlotte Lewis, Administrative Director, Diagnostic Services.

"For our organization, achieving Joint Commission accreditation is an example of maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide."

Joint Commission standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens from the doctor's order into the laboratory from specimen collection then back to the patient through result reporting, focusing on the provision of high quality, safe laboratory services integrated with patient care. These standards highlight the essential nature of laboratory services on the actual care and service delivery processes that contribute to and support the overall health care delivery system.

The SCR laboratory is staffed by board certified medical laboratory scientists, cytotechnologists, histologists, phlebotomy and secretarial staff. Medical oversight and direction is provided by Dr. Jeffrey Ellis and Dr. Robert Sloss. The SCR laboratory provides performs more than 1.5 million laboratory procedures annually. These services include tests for SCR inpatient care, as well as outpatient laboratory services for all SCR outreach facilities.

St. Claire Regional Medical Center is the largest rural hospital in northeastern, Kentucky and serves as a 159-bed regional referral center. As a regional referral center, SCR receives referrals from other providers for many of the most serious and complicated health problems including critical/intensive care, advanced diagnostic services, and specialty surgical care, which includes general, cardiac, vascular, urological, gynecological, and orthopedics. SCR also has pulmonology, neurology, cardiology and gastroenterology specialists who provide both inpatient and outpatient services.