Belmont Community lab is reaccredited

WHEELING The laboratory at Belmont Community Hospital (BCH) has been awarded a two-year reaccreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

The BCH Laboratory is one of more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide. Its director is Dr. Scott Nestor.

BCH, a division of Wheeling Hospital, also has labs and draw stations at its health clinics in Bellaire, Colerain, St. Clairsville and Powhatan Point.

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

“We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment. This is an ideal example of the efforts our lab and staff make every day to provide the best possible health care to our communities,” said Dr. John DeBlasis, BCH vice president.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the lab’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine lab staff qualifications, as well as the equipment, facilities, safety program and record, in addition to the overall lab management.

The CAP, celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in lab quality assurance.