2007-03-02 / Community

PHC Lab Gets National Quality Approval

Peninsula Hospital Center Laboratory Supervisors display their recent Joint Commission Accreditation Certificate. Pictured (l-r): Greg Guinard, LIS Coordinator, Aida O. Agtarap, Chemistry Supervisor, Shirleyne Sheeko, Microbiology Supervisor, and Djamel Bentarzi, Blood Bank Hematology Supervisor.
Peninsula Hospital Center Laboratory Supervisors display their recent Joint Commission Accreditation Certificate. Pictured (l-r): Greg Guinard, LIS Coordinator, Aida O. Agtarap, Chemistry Supervisor, Shirleyne Sheeko, Microbiology Supervisor, and Djamel Bentarzi, Blood Bank Hematology Supervisor. Peninsula Hospital Center Vice President Allen Corby announced last week that the hospital center's laboratory recently received its bi-annual accreditation by the Joint Commission for Accreditation of Health Care Organizations, after an intense three day lab specific review by the commission's inspectors.

Although such inspections are unannounced, the Commission conducts these reviews approximately every two years. The review process consists of a random inspection of patient charts to ensure that all orders are acted on and performed appropriately. The inspection also includes visits to patient floors where the inspector interviews nurses, supervisors and patients to make certain that all disciplines are being coordinated to guarantee that patient care is being managed accurately. Everything is then traced back to the hospital's laboratory to make sure that staff is following all of the standards and procedures that are set forth by the Commission.

Upon completion of inspection, Corby was immediately advised that the laboratory, which falls under his aegis, passed its review with flying colors. The certificate which officially declares that PHC's laboratory has earned National Quality Approval is displayed in the lobby of the Hospital Center. The renewal accreditation certificate was issued on November 13, 2006 and is in effect for 27 months.

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