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August 9, 2012

Lab Achieves Gold Seal

The laboratory department at OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in laboratories. The accreditation award recognizes OSF Saint Elizabeth’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

The laboratory underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in March. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the hospital for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care.

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down. Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence,” says Millie Arellano, technical director of the laboratory.  “For our organization, achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide.”

The Joint Commission has been evaluating and accrediting laboratory services since 1979.  Their laboratory standards emphasize the results a lab should achieve instead of emphasizing the technical methods of performing testing. Their standards also address processes that follow specimens - from the doctor’s order, to specimen collection, into the lab and then back to the patient - with a focus on high quality and safe laboratory services integrated with patient care.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. In addition to its lab accreditation, OSF Saint Elizabeth also maintains full hospital accreditation.  To learn more, visit http://www.osfsaintelizabeth.org/quality/.

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