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Getting Good Results
Beebe Medical Center’s testing labs earn high grades from inspectors. That’s good news for everyone.
Beebe Medical Center in Lewes operates seven testing labs throughout its healthcare network, producing more than one million comprehensive lab tests per year. Needless to say, Beebe’s recent re-accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) was an important milestone for its continued development as one of the best-known and regarded testing labs in the region.
“There are only about 7,000 accredited labs worldwide,” says Dr. Richard Palmer, Beebe’s lab medical director. “We have been accredited for the past 20 years, but the re-accreditation process, which is conducted every two years, demonstrates that Beebe continues to show compliance to these global standards of operation.”
The CAP review is comparable to a government-level inspection and passing it is an affirmation that all lab results can be trusted as accurate and reflect the highest standards of operational and administrative standards. In order to receive accreditation, Beebe opened its doors to 10 inspectors who spent the entire day and received answers to approximately 3,000 inquiries required by the CAP. All seven of Beebe’s lab operations are staffed by board-certified pathologists, who also possess sub-specialty certifications. Overall, Beebe’s lab operations employ more than 100 staff members. Accreditation also means Beebe can confidently move forward with plans to make its operations even more efficient, Palmer says.
“We are working to develop more automated verification analyses, which will improve the time between testing and reporting results to providers.”