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Wheeling Hospital Lab Receives Re-Accreditation

September 28, 2012
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - The laboratory at Wheeling Hospital has been awarded a two-year reaccreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

The hospital's Main Clinical Laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide. Diana Fluharty serves as Wheeling Hospital's lab director and Dr. Edward Adamovich as its medical director.

Departments within the Wheeling Hospital laboratory area include: Blood Bank, Hematology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Histology, Cytology, Anatomic Pathology, Phlebotomy, Coagulation, Immunology, Urinalysis and Microbiology.

Labs and draw stations also are located in Wheeling Hospital affiliates at Wheeling Clinic; Wellsburg Clinic; Belmont Community Hospital and its health clinics in Bellaire, St. Clairsville and Powhatan Point.

The full-service clinical laboratory offer patients and physicians high quality testing services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government's own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the lab's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine lab staff qualifications, as well as the equipment, facilities, safety program and record, in addition to the overall lab management.

The CAP is a medical society that serves more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in lab quality assurance.

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