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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Houston VA Laboratory Earns Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

November 12, 2008

HOUSTON – The laboratory at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center (MEDVAMC) has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection.

Edgar L. Tucker, MEDVAMC director was advised of the national recognition and congratulated for the "excellence of the services being provided." The MEDVAMC Laboratory is one of the more than 6,000 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 total staff, the adequacy of the facilities, the equipment, laboratory safety, and laboratory management to determine how well the laboratory is serving the patient.

“I am very proud of the job that the laboratory staff does here at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Our personnel 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.

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.

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