Cannon Clinical Lab receives accreditation

PICKENS — Cannon Memorial Hospital Main Clinical Lab received notice of accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP) last month.

[cointent_lockedcontent]The results were based on a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s accreditation programs.

Cannon’s lab director, Ronald J. Biscopink, M.D., was advised of the national recognition and was congratulated for the excellence of the services provided at Cannon.

Cannon Memorial Hospital Main Clinical Lab is one of more than 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“Most CAP inspections are done by peer reviews,” Biscopink said. “This year CAP had a professional inspector come to Cannon. Cannon scored 99 percent on their inspection, which is exceptional. With this accreditation, Cannon will also be exempted from a Medicare or Medicaid inspections, due to the highly regarded CAP process. In 2016, Cannon will do a self-inspection of our lab facility to ensure that we are remaining at CAP high standards. In 2017, CAPS will return to Cannon for the bi-annual accreditation. Our lab and staff stay diligent in making sure our lab meets and exceeds all guidelines and standards required daily. Cannon’s patients are our highest priority”

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society that serves more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The college advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost effective patient care. More information about the CAP can be found at