Lab Receives Accreditation
The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Laboratory Accreditation has been awarded to OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.
“We are pleased to receive the Joint Commission’s recognition,” said Joanne Leigh, the hospital laboratory’s technical director. “While the accreditation is valid for two years, the desire to keep improving never stops. The Joint Commission gives laboratories the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from specimen collection to result reporting – all of which ultimately benefit the patients in the communities we serve.”
OSF Saint Elizabeth underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey in March. During the review, a team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated compliance with laboratory standards related to several areas, including document and process control, health care-associated conditions, risk reduction, and staff education. Surveyors also conducted on-site observations and interviews.