Cabinet Peaks Laboratory Recognized for Quality Services

Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Laboratory has once again met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day to day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. The CPMC Lab has earned COLA accreditation as a result of long-term commitment to provide quality service to the people of South Lincoln County.

"The standards your laboratory maintains demonstrate you commitment to quality. Your emphasis on quality leads to reliable test results which are essential in assuring excellence in patient care. We also compliment your laboratory staff for its dedication and continued support of COLA standards," stated Richard S. Eisenstaedt, MD, FACP and Chair of the COLA Board of Directors in a letter congratulating the CPMC Laboratory Department on their survey results.

The scores received by Cabinet Peaks show that our local Laboratory scored 100% on 10 of the 15 survey areas: Facility, Proficiency Testing, Lab Information Systems, Preanalytic, Procedure Manual, Maintenance, Verification of Performance, Calibration, Postanalytic, Quality Assurance, and Transfusion Services. In the other 5 areas, CPMC Scored in the high 90's.

COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation. COLA is also approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians - American Society of Internal Medicine.

"I am very proud of my team for the consistent quality care that they offer to the people of Southern Lincoln County," stated Roger Riddle, Laboratory Department Manager at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center. "It is because of their dedication to their patients, to our quality initiatives, and to this organization that we are able to maintain our accreditation with COLA, and have maintained it for years. They care about each of the patients who walk through our doors, and do everything in their power to assure that each patient is treated like family and given quality, compassionate care and reliable results."

The CPMC Lab is open to outpatients from 8am - 5pm, and staffed around the clock for emergencies. For more information about the Cabinet Peaks Medical Center Laboratory, contact Roger Riddle at 283-7099.