Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and its Grayslake Campus Receive Accreditation from College of American Pathologists
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital June 25, 2008
LAKE FOREST, IL – Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Acute Care and Outpatient Center in Grayslake were rewarded renewed accreditations by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of recent on-site inspections.
During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratories’ records and quality control of lab procedures during the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine the entire staff’s qualifications, the laboratories’ equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratories. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratories’ patients. “Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital has received this accreditation since the CAP began providing these inspections and the Grayslake campus has been awarded this accreditation since it opened,” said Marsha L. Oberrieder, Vice President of Professional Services, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital. “We pride ourselves on the high-quality care that we provide our patients and we are dedicated to ensuring that our laboratories are always safe and managed by well-qualified staff.” The Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital facilities are two of more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide. 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. The College of American Pathologists is a medical society service made up of nearly 16,000 physician members and laboratory professionals throughout the world. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.