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Date:
11/21/2012
Title:
Sacred Heart Hospital Laboratory Department Receives Accreditation From College of American Pathologists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 21, 2012

Abby Barlok

Publications Specialist

610-776-4590

abarlok@shh.org

Sacred Heart Hospital Laboratory Department Receives Accreditation From College of American Pathologists

ALLENTOWN, PA – Sacred Heart Hospital Laboratory Department, Allentown, Pennsylvania, has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection. 

The laboratory’s director, James M. Chiadis, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.  Sacred Heart Hospital Laboratory Department is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide. 

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which began 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. 

About Sacred Heart Hospital

Sacred Heart Hospital is a 215-bed Catholic medical center located in central Allentown, Pa. Founded in 1912, Sacred Heart Hospital offers a wide range of advanced medical services ranging from obstetrics to bariatric surgery, vascular surgery, cardiology, rehabilitation and behavioral health.services. A network of physician practices throughout Lehigh and Northampton Counties provide complete primary and pediatric medical care to the region’s residents. Sacred Heart Hospital is nationally recognized in case management, as a Center of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery, and its Transitional Care Facility was granted a Five-Star rating by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Sacred Heart Hospital earned Primary Stroke Center certification from The Joint Commission as well as the Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award from the American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines–Stroke program. Additional information is available at www.shh.org.

About the College of American Pathologists

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society that serves more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world.  It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of Board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality and cost-effective patient care.  More information about the College can be found at www.cap.org.