Professional lab-accreditation organization gives three UTHSCT labs high marks

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Three medical labs at The University of Texas Health Science Center have been reaccredited by the College of American Pathologists, receiving high marks in the process.

They are UTHSCT’s Pathology Lab, Mycobacteria/Nocardia Lab, and Pulmonary Function Lab.

After a recent on-site inspection, CAP’s Commission on Lab Accreditation Program gave UTHSCT’s Pathology Lab a 99.5 percent compliance score.

Tim Allen, MD, is medical director of the Pathology Lab. Director of the lab is Ron Jung, who is also director of radiology and a certified radiologic technologist with an additional certification in magnetic resonance imaging.

Marsha Moler, BS, a certified medical technologist and cytotechnologist, is laboratory manager.

The Pulmonary Function Lab and Mycobacteria/Nocardia Lab also were inspected.

Both were commended for the “excellence of the services being provided,” and CAP inspectors gave the Mycobacterial/Nocardia Lab a perfect score, finding no deficiencies.

During the CAP accreditation process, a team of inspectors examine each lab’s records and its quality control of procedures for the preceding two years.

The CAP team also examines the staff’s qualifications, lab equipment, lab facilities, safety program and record, and the lab’s overall management.

The Pulmonary Function Lab is directed by Sam Fields, registered pulmonary function technologist and registered polysomnographic technologist. Fields is also director of cardiopulmonary services at UTHSCT.

Richard Wallace, MD, is laboratory director of the Mycobacteria/Nocardia Lab; the lab supervisor is Barbara Elliott, MS, medical technologist and specialist in microbiology.

The renowned Mycobacteria/Nocardia Lab identifies mycobacteria samples sent from all over the world, and also tests them for susceptibility to antibiotics.

CAP is a medical society serving more than 17,000 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. CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective medical care.

The more than 17,000 members of CAP represent board-certified pathologists and pathologists in training worldwide.

More than 6,000 laboratories are accredited by CAP, and approximately 23,000 laboratories are enrolled in CAP’s proficiency testing programs.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $12 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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