SMH Receives COLA Laboratory Excellence Award
February 14, 2020
SCHOOLCRAFT MEMORIAL HOSPITAL RECOGNIZED FOR QUALITY LABORATORY SERVICES
Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has met all the criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA Inc., a leading national laboratory accreditor, whose program and standards enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet U.S. CLIA and other regulatory requirements.
The COLA Laboratory Excellence Award was granted as a result of a recent survey on January 28th, 2010. This award signifies the laboratory’s commitment to performing quality patient testing and overall laboratory practices. The Laboratory Excellence Award is achieved by those COLA laboratories that are found to be compliant with all COLA essential and required criteria at the time of their on-site survey. In addition, award recipients must have demonstrated successful proficiency testing for the prior three testing events and have no substantiated complaints against the laboratory.
Through a mentoring approach using education to improve quality and patient safety, accreditation is given to laboratories that apply the highest 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. Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital has earned COLA Inc. accreditation to provide quality service to patients in the region.
COLA Inc. is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation. In 1993, COLA Inc. was granted deemed status by CMS to provide laboratory accreditation. As a leading laboratory accreditor in the United States, COLA Inc. is the only laboratory accreditation provider that operates its accreditation program in accordance with a quality management system certified to ISO 9001:2015. This means we offer our customers a unique, standardized program and staff dedicated to satisfaction and laboratory quality. Our surveyors and technical advisors are guided by a coaching approach and uncomplicated quality engineered processes. Laboratories of all types and sizes are evaluated and mentored to produce accurate test results and meet CLIA regulations.
COLA Inc. 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.