Blount Memorial receives ACR and CAP accreditation

Blount Memorial Hospital has been awarded a renewed three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound imaging services as the result of a recent survey by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

Blount Memorial’s ultrasound imaging services were surveyed by the Committee on Ultrasound Accreditation of the Commission on Quality and Safety. It was accredited for obstetric, gynecological, general and vascular ultrasound services including: peripheral vascular, cerebrovascular, abdominal vascular and deep abdominal vascular. Blount Memorial ranked in the 99th percentile on the accreditation, which was issued on Oct. 7 and continues through May 27, 2012.

The ACR, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peer-review evaluation of the practice. Evaluations are conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. They assess the qualifications of the personnel and the adequacy of facility equipment. The surveyors report their findings to the ACR’s Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report.

The ACR is a national organization serving more than 32,000 diagnostic and interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, and nuclear medicine and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.

Also, the hospital laboratory and outpatient laboratory have been awarded an accreditation by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

The laboratory’s director was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.” The Blount Memorial Hospital laboratory is one of nearly 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which began in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine the entire staff’s qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and records, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients.

Blount Memorial’s division of pathology and laboratory medicine provides the community with the highest level of laboratory services possible, as determined by the hospital’s governing board, the medical staff, the community, state and federal regulations, voluntary certifying agencies, and the standards of medical and scientific knowledge.

Blount Memorial’s in-house laboratory provides service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Laboratory services include chemistry, endocrinology, hematology, immunology, microbiology, serology, transfusion medicine, urinalysis and clinical microscopy and anatomic pathology.

The outpatient laboratory is located at 2032 Professional Park in Maryville. The facility provides chemistry, hematology, immunology, hematology, immunology, urinalysis and clinical microscopy.

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