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Center for Laboratory Medicine Earns CAP 15189 Accreditation

Updated: 10/18/2021
From left: John Tomaszewski, MD, Clinical Chief of Service; Joan Stone, Laboratory Quality Coordinator; Keith Hoerth, VP of Laboratory Services

The Kaleida Health Center for Laboratory Medicine has earned CAP 15189 Accreditation, a globally recognized ISO 15189 accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP), one of the world’s largest and most experienced medical laboratory accreditors.

Kaleida Health Center for Laboratory Medicine is now among the elite 10 percent of laboratories to achieve this internationally recognized certification.

"Accreditation with the ISO15189 program goes beyond our commitment to quality and uses various tools to assure that we identify and correct errors effectively and efficiently," said Frank Schneider, MD, FCAP, chair of the CAP 15189 Committee. "Together, laboratory professionals and leadership identify the root causes of problems and use internal audits along with process control and document control to prevent future problems."

Clinical Chief of Service for Kaleida Health Laboratories John Tomaszewski, MD, MASCP, added, "We are improving communication between the various lab sections to allow laboratory professionals to learn from each other as corrective actions are implemented."

This hard-earned achievement began in 2013 when a gap assessment was performed to identify areas where the laboratory would need to make changes and integrate systems to achieve ISO 15189 accreditation. Hammering things into place as an organization, bringing six laboratory divisions together to communicate about best practices, and integrating a new system took perseverance and dedication.

"Implementing ISO 15189 helps us continue to learn why things happen, and make appropriate changes as a result,"  Tomaszewski said. "I want to thank everyone for their part in achieving this prestigious accreditation, as we dedicate ourselves to continuous quality improvement for our patients and providers."

ISO15189 is the laboratory complement of ISO 9001 and DNV certification. The two standards coordinate in more than 70 percent of their domains. Adoption of the ISO 15189 standard will be a great advantage in the development of Kaleida Health’s Quality Institute.