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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

January 28, 2013

The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) Pathology and Laboratory Medicine has been awarded accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

Adam C. Walmus, M.H.A., M.A., F.A.C.H.E., MEDVAMC director, was advised of the national recognition and congratulated for the "excellence of the services being provided." The MEDVAMC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is one of the more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

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. It is the most respected and recognized laboratory accreditation program in the world and has long been considered the “gold standard” against which others are measured.

Inspectors examine the records and quality control of the laboratory for the preceding two years, as well as the education and qualifications of the staff, the adequacy of the facilities, the equipment, safety program, and laboratory management. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients.

“I am very proud of the job that the pathology and laboratory medicine staff does here at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. They are very dedicated and we take seriously the job of serving those who have served our country,” said Michael M. Ittmann, M.D., Ph.D., MEDVAMC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine chief.

CAP is a medical society serving more than 18,000 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.