The Laboratory Report A Publication of the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine Fall 2014 Houston Methodist Laboratories Pass Biennial CAP Inspection The College of American Pathologists (CAP) accreditation inspection team visited several Houston Methodist entities from September 17th to 19th as part of the biennial accreditation process. The laboratories at the Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Houston Methodist West Hospital, and Houston Methodist Kirby Emergency Care Center successfully retained their CAP accreditation. All laboratory directors noted that the 25-member inspection team from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was very thorough and requested demonstrations of various processes pertaining to laboratory operations. “I am extremely proud of the performance of all of our Methodist facilities that were inspected. Our pathologists, technical directors, and laboratory staff deserve all of the credit for the superb job they did before and during the inspection. Special thanks to our residents and fellows for conducting two mock inspections that greatly assisted our preparation,” said James M. Musser, M.D., Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine. Mr. Manuel Hinojosa, Administrative Director of Laboratory Services at Houston Methodist Hospital, added, “The Laboratory Accreditation Program is an essential part of maintaining the highest quality of care and service for our patients. The inspection team found that the Houston Methodist Hospital system maintains many outstanding laboratory facilities.” Their thoughts were echoed by Ms. Donna Hermis, Director of the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital laboratory, “The inspection went extremely well. The inspection team validated the excellent quality of service our laboratory provides to our patients.” Ms. Melody Peeples, Director of the Houston Methodist West Hospital laboratory, said, “The inspection was conducted in a very collegial manner. The accreditation team reviewed our procedures to ensure they safeguard our patients’ safety.” The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is internationally recognized and unique in that its inspection teams are comprised of practicing laboratory professionals. Furthermore, CAP inspections go beyond regulatory compliance and assist laboratories with establishing protocols for providing the highest level of patient care and achieving standards of excellence. Together, retaining the CAP accreditation helps ensure that the Houston Methodist Hospital laboratories are providing our patients the best service possible. For more information on the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, please visit www.cap.org Upcoming Conferences: Table of Contents 2 New Diagnostic Procedures In Sugar Land New Diagnostics Tests From Microbiology Laboratory 3 Department Welcomes New Faculty Dr. Leveque Receives Blood Banking Award 4 Dr. Youli Zu Awarded Two Grants Dr. Matthew Cykowski Receives Award 5 Dr. Adriana Rosato Awarded NIH Grant 6 Department Hosts Special Seminars 7 Dr. Luan Truong Travels To Vietnam 8 Former Trainees: Where Are They Now? 9 In Memoriam: Donald G. Weilbaecher, M.D.
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