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Diana Harbarger,chemistry technician, Kenner Army Health Clinic Laboratory, prepares a specimen for testing. Recently the Laboratory earned accrediation from the College of American Pathologists. (Photo by Kimberly K. Fritz)

FORT LEE, Va. (Aug. 1, 2013) -- The College of American Pathologists, created in the early 1960s, gave its full accreditation stamp of approval to the Clinical Laboratory Services at Kenner Army Health Clinic, Troop Medical Clinic 1 and the Mosier Consolidated Troop Medical Clinic following an on-site inspection May 9-10. The CAP Laboratory Accreditation is recognized by the federal government as being equal to and, in many areas, more stringent than the government’s inspection program.

“The CAP inspection is very similar in terms of complexity as the Joint Commission Accreditation requirements for hospitals and clinics,” said Col. Thomas S. Bundt, Kenner Clinic commander. “In some cases, even more stringent as this science is based on a zero defect type model that maintains the highest levels of safety controls and protocols. The successful accreditation of the laboratory through the CAP is a true testament to the level of expertise and commitment of the staff, and I’m tremendously proud of them and what they do for our patients.

“With over 16,000 laboratory tests conducted a month, it speaks volumes about their dedication to not only keep up with this significant workload, but to complement it with a phenomenal survey outcome,” he continued. “This is truly commendatory.”

As the leading organization of board-certified pathologists, CAP serves patients, the medical community and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. Every two years, KAHC laboratory goes through an extensive CAP inspection to maintain accreditation which ensures Kenner is providing world-class laboratory services.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examined the laboratory’s records and the quality control procedures for the preceding two years. The team also examined the entire staff’s qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment, facilities and its safety program as well as the overall management of the laboratory.

“Acquiring CAP re-accreditation helps laboratories hold the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care. It also ensures the lab meets or exceeds the requirements of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and other state and national regulatory organizations,” said Capt. Vincent Duncan, Laboratory Services chief at KAHC. “It is definitely a true team effort and accomplishment which displays laboratory pride.”

According to Bundt, the stringent inspection program “ensures the highest standard of care” for all laboratory patients, including those who are served at the Troop Medical Clinic 1 and the Mosier Consolidated Troop Medical Clinic.