Joint Commission reaccredits Corning Hospital lab

Sayre, Pa. – The Joint Commission recently notified Corning Hospital that its laboratory has been fully reaccredited. The lab services surveyed include: Bacteriology, Immunology, Chemistry, Coagulation, Hematology, Urinalysis, Blood Bank, Pathology and Tissue Banking. The accreditation is valid for up to 25 months. The accreditation process is designed to help the hospital provide safe, high-quality care, treatment and services. In FY09, the hospital's lab ran more than 300,000 billable tests.

"The Joint Commission continues to accredit our laboratory, which speaks to the consistent, accurate services administered by our outstanding staff," said Ceil Miller, Corning Hospital Laboratory Administrative Director. "Our laboratory provides an essential function at the hospital and has a direct impact on patient care. This is why our commitment to excellence – and the recognition of our dedication – is so important."

The Joint Commission is an independent, not-for-profit organization that accredits and certifies more than 16,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. The organization's survey and process for accreditation is rigorous and uses the Comprehensive Accreditation Manual for Laboratory and Point-of-Care Testing. The standards emphasize the results a laboratory should achieve and address processes that follow laboratory specimens from collection to result reporting, focusing on the provision of high quality laboratory services.