By Master Sgt. Todd Norman
21st Medical Group Unit Public Affairs Representative
The 21st Medical Group laboratories at Peterson and Schriever were inspected by the College of American Pathologists May 5 and 6.
Between the two laboratories, the woman’s health care clinic, and the pharmacy, more than 2,600 checklists were scrutinized by the team of inspectors who identified only one minor finding which was corrected on-the-spot.
Peterson’s laboratory received full accreditation with “distinction” and has now become part of an impressive group of more than 6,000 laboratories worldwide that have met the highest standards of excellence.
“It is very rare to conduct an inspection of this magnitude and only have one minor, correctable finding, as was the case with the 21st Medical Group,” said Jean Hood, College of American Pathologists inspector.
The mission of the 21st MDG laboratory service is to “provide accurate and timely diagnostic testing based on scientific examination of body fluids and tissue specimens, and provide blood products needed to support medical care during peace and wartime operations.” More than 100,000 patients between Peterson and Schriever are seen each year and more than 170,000 tests are performed.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the medical team,” said Col. John Sell, 21st MDG commander. “They definitely hit a home run with this inspection.”
The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is internationally recognized and the only program of its kind that utilizes teams of laboratory professionals as inspectors in order to help laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care.