As part of a recent on-site inspection, Delta County Memorial Hospital Laboratory has been accredited by the accreditation committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).
"I am pleased with the recent review of our laboratory reflecting the continued dedication of our DCMH lab staff in providing quality lab services and high quality patient care," stated hospital CEO Jason Cleckler.
This national recognition, considered to be the "gold standard" for health care facility laboratories was sent to Michael J. Benziger, MD who was congratulated for the excellence of services being provided by the DCMH laboratory, as one of more than 7,700 accredited facilities worldwide.
"Delta County Memorial Hospital Laboratory is pleased to receive this accreditation. This certification confirms the excellence of the laboratory and reflects the dedication and hard work of all of the people associated with this laboratory," stated Dr. Benziger, director.
The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal to or more stringent than the government's own inspection program.
During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspections examine the laboratory's records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record and overall management.
Two fatal accidents occurred in Delta County within a two-day span last week.
Casey Gillenwater, 25, of Delta was killed the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 13, in a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 133 outside of Hotchkiss.