Oswego Hospital’s laboratory has been accredited by the Joint Commission (JC) following a thorough three-day inspection process.
During the JC visit in November, a team from JCAHO observed how lab workers conducted various tests, reviewed the control measures the department has in place and examined how test results are recorded. In addition, the team conducted similar observations at Oswego Health’s Urgent Care Center in Fulton.
Laboratories are mandated to be inspected by the JC every two years. According to Patricia Main, Oswego Hospital’s Laboratory Administrative Director, between 75 and 80 percent of the diagnostic information for a patient comes from the lab.
“The laboratory plays an invaluable and enormously significant role in healthcare,” said Main. “Our lab staff works very hard and I am proud of our accreditation.”
Joint Commission accreditation involves evaluating a health care organization’s performance in areas that most affect patient health and safety. These areas are defined in Joint Commission standards. By achieving accreditation, a health care organization makes a commitment to follow Joint Commission standards, which provide the framework for safe, quality care. The Joint Commission is a private agency endorsed by the federal government.
During 2010, the last full year that statistics are available, the Oswego Hospital lab performed 603,569 tests, while another 110,812 tests were done at the Urgent Care Center in Fulton.