SEARHC clinics recognized for quality laboratory services
JUNEAU, August 11, 2016 – Two SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) outpatient clinic laboratories were recently inspected and received accreditation from a national health care accreditor.
The labs at both Alicia Roberts Medical Center in Klawock and the Haines Health Center have met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. Only laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey receive this accreditation. SEARHC Laboratory Director, Constance Stager said, “The laboratories earned COLA accreditation as a result of SEARHC’s long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients.”
COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation. COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.