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Accolades for Avera's Lab and Perinatal Care

Mar 26, 2017 06:28PM ● By The Hood Magazine

The laboratory at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center has once again earned 15189 accreditation from the College of American Pathologists’ International Organization for Standardization, making it the longest-standing, continuously accredited hospital lab in the country. The lab was the first in the US to earn this accreditation in 2009.

“ISO is the gold standard internationally,” says Mary Maertens, Avera Laboratory Service Line Administrative Leader. “This news is much like a perfect Joint Commission survey only focused on our laboratory services. It is a big deal to have a lab with this credential.”

An estimated 70 percent of the objective data found in a patient’s medical record comes from the medical laboratory, making laboratory competence a vital part of high quality patient care.

“To reach this elite level of accreditation touches almost every aspect of the healthcare our system provides,” says Avera McKennan Laboratory Medical Director Raed Sulaiman, MD. ISO is a non-governmental organization, comprised of more than 150 countries.

At the same time, Avera McKennan has also earned the Perinatal Care Certification from the Joint Commission. Reviewers evaluated the hospital for key perinatal care standards including

  • Integrated, coordinated patient-centered care that starts with prenatal and continues through postpartum care

  • Early identification of high-risk pregnancies and births

  • Management of mothers’ and newborns’ risks at a level corresponding to the program’s capabilities

  • Available patient education and information about perinatal care services

The Joint Commission awards Perinatal Care Certification for two-year periods of time only in hospitals that hold accreditation with it.