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Trinity lab gains accreditation

ACCREDIATION — Among those who helped the laboratory at Trinity Medical Center West obtain certification were, front, from left, Judy Clements, histologist; Lynn Rine, quality assurance coordinator; Gail Bocek, blood bank supervisor; Beth Howell, charge tech; and Cindy Stuck, core lab supervisor: and back, Tom Bartemes, point of care; Mimi McCabe, cytologist; Dr. Himanshu Doshi, medical director; Don Niess, administrative director; Theresa Clark, L.I.S. coordinator; and Sister Paula Blevins, microbiology supervisor,

STEUBENVILLE — The laboratory at Trinity Medical Center West has received accreditation from the College of American Pathologists and the American Association of Blood Banks, officials have announced.

“These organizations have very stringent quality standards, which our lab not only meets but exceeds. I want to thank our highly competent laboratory staff for their tireless work in providing quality laboratory and pathology services to our physicians and the community. We are proud of the work we do and services that we provide. Our core principle is to treat every patient sample as if it was from our own family member,” said Dr. Himanshu M. Doshi, director of the lab.

The designations are important, according to Matt Grimshaw, Trinity’s president and chief executive officer.

“We are proud to be the only laboratory in the area with both accreditations,” he said.

Trinity’s lab is one of more than 7,700 CAP-certified facilities, a designation recognized as being more stringent than the federal government’s inspection program.

During the C.A.P. accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years.

They also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record and overall management. C.A.P. programs were initiated 65 years ago.

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