The Gerard Noteboom Laboratory and Respiratory Therapy blood gas laboratory at Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie have been awarded re-accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists, based on the results of recent unannounced on-site inspections.

The Noteboom laboratory is the hospital’s official pathology lab and aids physicians in the diagnosis of diseases and conditions while the blood gas laboratory is used by respiratory therapists to measure blood oxygen levels.

Both laboratories were recently advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.”

“CAP is considered the gold standard for laboratory accreditations,” said Jay Fox, president, Baylor Waxahachie. “This acknowledgement is the result of Baylor Waxahachie’s efforts to provide quality health care in every aspect of patient care. We are honored to receive this recognition.”

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

“We undergo an unannounced re-accreditation inspection every two years from CAP, but during the off-year, we conduct self-inspections to make sure that our lab meets CAP’s and Baylor Waxahachie’s standards,” said Becky Hutchison, director, Gerard Noteboom Laboratory. “A hospital laboratory plays a critical role in patient care, therefore, maintaining our accreditation and ensuring that our lab meets the highest standards of excellence is of the utmost importance.”

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. The Gerard Noteboom Laboratory and the Respiratory Therapy blood gas laboratory are part of the more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie is a not-for-profit hospital dedicated to providing technologically advanced medical care closer to home for the residents of southern Dallas and Ellis counties.

Recently, Baylor Waxahachie received leadership awards from VHA Inc. for clinical excellence in the areas of myocardial infarction (heart attack), congestive heart failure and surgical infection prevention as well as a Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Award from TMF Health Quality Institute for improving outcomes in-patient care.