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BMLH Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College Of American Pathologists

August 26, 2010

Baystate Mary Lane Hospital, a member of Baystate Health, has been awarded re-accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection. 


The Laboratory director, Rukmini R Modem, MD was advised of this national recognition.  Baystate Mary Lane Hospital’s Laboratory proudly joins the more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.  


The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which began in the 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or stringent than the government’s own inspection program, said John Olinski, Laboratory Supervisor.  The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost effective medical care. “During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examined the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years,” said Olinski. “CAP inspectors also examined the entire staff’s qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. To have the distinction of being accredited by the CAP is an acknowledgment of excellence.  This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratory’s patients,” notes Olinski.”


Baystate Mary Lane Hospital’s Laboratory Department currently processes over 240,000 tests per year.


Located on the first floor of the hospital, the BMLH Laboratory Department is a full-service laboratory.  Laboratory test selection and test interpretation are performed in hematology, including urinalysis, immunology, microbiology, including serology and clinical chemistry, including toxicology and transfusion medicine.  Baystate Mary Lane Hospital also offers a walk-in Radiology and Laboratory Patient Service Center from a satellite location at 95 Sargent Street (Route 9) facility in Belchertown.


All specimens are tested within the laboratory at Baystate Mary Lane Hospital or sent to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, the Western Campus for Tufts University School of Medicine.