We’re proud to announce that the RMH Lab has earned accreditation from the Joint Commission!

Ransom Memorial Health has received word that the Laboratory has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Laboratory Services Accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards. The Gold Seal of Approval® is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to providing safe and effective patient care.

Ransom Memorial Health Laboratory and Blood Gas Laboratory underwent a rigorous three-day onsite survey in August 2017.  During the review, a Joint Commission expert surveyor evaluated compliance with over 1342 laboratory standards related to several areas, including document and process control, healthcare-associated conditions, risk reduction, and staff qualifications and competency. The surveyor also conducted onsite observations and interviews.  The laboratory staff want to thank all those staff and departments that worked so closely with the laboratory to ensure compliance with the strict standards.  This achievement is a testament to the professionalism and dedication of our staff.

The Joint Commission has accredited hospital laboratory services since 1979 and freestanding laboratories since 1995. More than 1,500 organizations, including laboratories in hospitals, reference labs, blood transfusion and donor centers, public health laboratories, and point-of-care test sites, currently maintain Laboratory Services Accreditation from The Joint Commission, awarded for a two-year cycle.

“Joint Commission accreditation provides laboratories with the processes needed to improve in a variety of areas from specimen collection to result reporting,” said Heather Hurley, executive director of Laboratory Business Development, The Joint Commission. “We commend Ransom Memorial Health for its efforts to have laboratory services contribute and support the overall health care delivery system.”

The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards are developed in consultation with health care experts and providers, measurement experts, and patients. The standards are informed by scientific literature and expert consensus to help organizations measure, assess and improve performance.