OSWEGO – Oswego Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for laboratory services accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.
The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
The hospital’s laboratory underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site three-day survey this fall.
During the review, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with laboratory standards related to several areas, including document and process control, healthcare-associated conditions, risk reduction, and staff qualifications and competency.
The surveyor also conducted on-site observations and interviews.
“The Joint Commission surveyor performed a very thorough survey,” said Oswego Hospital’s laboratory administrative director Pat Main. “I would like to thank the lab team and our fellow hospital departments, as they were extremely involved during this process.”
During 2014, hospital lab staff members conducted more than 640,000 lab tests, with another 148,000 tests done at the Central Square and Fulton medical centers.
More than 80 individuals work at the hospital laboratory, which consists of numerous sub-departments, including the hematology department where tests on a patient’s blood or blood forming-organs are conducted; a microbiology department where staff study organs and tissues; a chemistry department which examines blood, urine and other fluids and a pathology department where staff examine organizes and tissues to learn of potential diseases.
Oswego Health has convenient lab locations throughout Oswego County including Oswego, Fulton, Central Square, Mexico, Parish, Phoenix, Pulaski and Hannibal.
A complete listing is available at oswegohealth.org/services/laboratory.
The Joint Commission has accredited hospital laboratory services since 1979 and freestanding laboratories since 1995.
More than 1,500 organizations, including laboratories in hospitals, reference labs, blood transfusion and donor centers, public health laboratories, and point-of-care test sites, currently maintain laboratory services accreditation from The Joint Commission, which are awarded for a two-year cycle.