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Geneva General earns laboratory accreditation

Geneva General Hospital has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Laboratory Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal is a symbol of quality that reflects a health care organization’s commitment to providing safe and quality patient care.

Geneva General Hospital underwent a rigorous, unannounced onsite review in October. During the visit, a team of Joint Commission reviewers evaluated compliance with laboratory standards spanning several areas including specialties and subspecialties of Bacteriology, Mycology, Parasitology, Virology, Syphilis Serology, General Immunology, Routine Chemistry, Urinalysis, Endocrinology, Toxicology, Coagulation, Hematology, Blood Transfusion Services, Immunohematology (ABO Group and RH, Antibody Transfusion, Antibody Non-Transfusion, Antibody Identification, Compatibility Testing), Histopathology, Cytology, Autopsy Services and Tissue Banking.

The Joint Commission’s standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts and patients. They are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help health care organizations measure, assess and improve performance. The surveyors also conducted onsite observations and interviews.

“As a private accreditor, The Joint Commission surveys health care organizations to protect the public by identifying deficiencies in care and working with those organizations to correct them as quickly and sustainably as possible,” says Mark Pelletier, RN, MS, chief operating officer, Accreditation and Certification Operations, and chief nursing executive, The Joint Commission. “We commend Geneva General Hospital for its continuous quality improvement efforts in patient safety and quality of care.”

“Our Joint Commission accreditation, demonstrates our continued commitment to patient safety and providing care quality every day. This accreditation is another example of Finger Lakes Health’s vision to be recognized as the best health system” stated Elizabeth Martin, MBA, MT (ASCP) Finger Lakes Health’s Director of Laboratory Services.

For more information, please visit The Joint Commission website.