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Successful Survey Earns Laboratory Continued Accreditation


The Laboratory at Sonora Regional Medical Center recently passed a rigorous accreditation survey by The Joint Commission. The laboratory underwent the unannounced, onsite survey July 14, 15 and 16. The Joint Commission conducts accreditation surveys every two years.


“The lab cleared all points with only one suggestion for improvement,” said Gene Scott, Director of Laboratory Services. “Those are outstanding results.”


During the review, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with laboratory standards related to several areas, including document and process control, health care-associated conditions, risk reduction, staff qualifications and competency. The surveyor also conducted onsite observations and interviews.


“Joint Commission standards go beyond just the ‘basics’ of state and federal regulations, and set consistently high expectations for quality and safety,” stated Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, Chief Operating Officer of the Division of Accreditation and Certification at The Joint Commission in a letter to the Medical Center. “We recognize that successfully meeting these standards is not an easy task, and doing so deserves special recognition from The Joint Commission, your Board and staff, your community, and especially your patients and their families.”


The Joint Commission accreditation provides laboratories with the processes needed to excel in a variety of areas from specimen collection to result reporting. Their laboratory standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients.


For more information about Laboratory Services at Sonora Regional Medical Center, please call (209)-536-3600.