Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital laboratories receive accreditation from the College of American Pathologists

July 10, 2015

Sylva, NC – The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the laboratories at Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The laboratories of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital are two of only 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“Receiving CAP accreditation indicates that our labs are performing to the highest standards set by one of the most respected, leading accreditation agencies in the world. We’re very proud to have received this accreditation once again,” said Dr. Larry Selby, pathologist and lab director.

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community and has held the gold standard in laboratory accreditation for more than 50 years. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care.
The Harris Regional Hospital lab has received CAP accreditation since at least 1990 and the Swain Community Hospital lab has received accreditation since 1998 when the two hospitals merged. Both labs maintain CAP’s laboratory standards every day. During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

“Earning CAP accreditation in our labs is one of the ways we work to ensure that our facilities and clinical processes are fully backed by leading accreditors and that we are positioned to provide world-class care each day,” said Steve Heatherly, President and CEO of Harris Regional and Swain Community Hospitals. “Our laboratory staff are committed to the stringent standards set by CAP and demonstrate that commitment by receiving accreditation each year.”

More information about the College of American Pathologists and standards for accreditation can be found at www.cap.org.