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Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s Laboratory Awarded Accreditation from the Joint Commission

October 10, 2012

Hudson, FL – Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s hospital laboratory has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™ for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for healthcare quality and safety in laboratories. The accreditation award recognizes Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards. RMCBP’s laboratory underwent a rigorous, unannounced on-site survey on July 24. A team of Joint Commission experts evaluated the laboratory for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care.

“In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, the laboratory at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients,” says Jennifer Rhamy, MBA, MA, MT, Executive Director Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s laboratory for successfully undertaking this challenge to evaluate its standards of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

The Joint Commission has been evaluating and accrediting laboratory services since 1979. The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards emphasize the results a laboratory should achieve instead of emphasizing the technical methods of performing testing, and were developed with input from professional laboratory organizations. Joint Commission standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens from the doctor’s order into the laboratory from specimen collection then back to the patient through result reporting, focusing on the provision of high quality, safety laboratory services integrated with patient care. The standards highlight the essential nature of laboratory services on actual care and service delivery processes that contribute to and support the overall healthcare delivery system.

RMCBP associate administrator Dajana Yoakley congratulated the laboratory for a very successful Joint Commission survey. “There were compliments from the surveyor on all areas of the lab. The highlighted best practice was the blood bank refrigerator in the emergency department for trauma patients. Our surveyor was one of two dedicated surveyors that only visit HCA hospitals, and stated that she has been looking for the best HCA laboratory and that she has found it here, at Bayonet Point. Congratulations to laboratory director Ralph Uzzi and his dedicated team for this deserving recognition!”

About The Joint Commission
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve the safety and quality of care provided to the public through the provision of health care accreditation and related services that support performance improvement in health care organizations. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 8,000 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,800 other health care organizations that provide long term care, assisted living, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. The Joint Commission also accredits health plans, integrated delivery networks, and other managed care entities. In addition, the Joint Commission provides certification of disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. An independent, not-for-profit organization, the Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about the Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

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