Friday, June 26, 2015

Holyoke Medical Center Receives National Accredidation from College of American Pathologists


Holyoke Medical Center has once again been awarded accreditation from The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The accreditation was awarded to Holyoke Medical Center based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP's Accreditation Programs.

"We are pleased to receive this national accreditation which reflects the dedicated commitment of our laboratory professionals to strict quality control. Patients rely on the quality and accuracy of our test results and we strive to continually improve these critical services," said Spiros Hatiras, Holyoke Medical Center President and CEO.

Holyoke Medical Center laboratory professionals perform over one million tests annually in Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Chemistry, Cytology, Hematology, Immunology, Microbiology, and Transfusion Medicine. 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.

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.
Holyoke Medical Center has been accredited by CAP since 1980 and is one of more than 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

About Holyoke Medical Center
Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) is a 198-bed facility with over 1,200 employees serving individuals and families throughout the cities and towns of Holyoke, Chicopee, South Hadley, Granby, Easthampton, Southampton, West Springfield and Belchertown. The medical staff includes more than 300 physicians and consulting staff. Among some of top-rated services at HMC is the award-winning HMC Stroke Service which has been consistently rated as one of the best in the state by The American Heart and Stroke Association. Areas of clinical emphasis also include behavioral health, critical care, emergency care, orthopedics, oncology, rehabilitation, women's health services, and speech and hearing services. Holyoke Medical Center is a member of Valley Health Systems in Holyoke which also includes the affiliates Holyoke Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Life Care, Western Mass Physician Associates and River Valley Counseling Center.­­

About the College of American Pathologists
As the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP's Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,600 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide. Find more information about the CAP at cap.org. Follow CAP on Twitter: @pathologists.

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