Butler Memorial Hospital Main Laboratory Received Accreditation From College of American Pathologist

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Butler Memorial Hospital Main Laboratory, Butler, Pennsylvania based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The facility’s director, Robert B. Patterson, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Butler Memorial Hospital Main Laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“We are very pleased to receive this recognition from the College of American Pathologists,” said Dr. Robert Patterson, BHS Medical Director of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. “It is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our entire Laboratory Team. It is especially gratifying that this was achieved despite the stress of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The Laboratory Service at Butler Health System is state of the art and second to none,” said Ken DeFurio, BHS President & CEO. “It is a superb and foundational part of BHS. CAP accreditation, through a rigorous and thorough survey process, validates the excellent work performed by our outstanding team. We offer our thanks and congratulations to all BHS laboratory professionals, pathologists, and every member of the team.”

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspections 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.

As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patient’s pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. For more information, READ THE CAP ANNUAL REPORT at cap.org

Located in the rolling hills of Western, PA, Butler Health System (BHS) has remained an independent community health system for over a century and continues to grow to meet the needs of an 8-county region. BHS employs over 3,000 employees and over 270 providers, making it the largest employer in Butler County and the largest healthcare employer in Clarion County.

Butler Health System consists of two hospitals, Butler Memorial Hospital (Butler, PA) and Clarion Hospital (Clarion, PA), 72 outpatient locations throughout Butler, Clarion, Allegheny, Armstrong, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer and Venango counties. BHS offers patient’s access to nationally recognized quality care in cardiology, palliative care, and maternity as well a broad range of surgical, medical, emergency, and psychiatric services. In addition to its primary health services, Butler Health System has many partnerships throughout Western Pennsylvania that include Bridges Health Partners, Benbrook Ambulatory Surgery Center, UPMC Cancer Center, BHS FasterCare, Concordia Visiting Nurses and Good Samaritan Hospice, and LIFE Butler County with Lutheran Senior Life.

Butler Health System provides excellent healthcare to the communities that we serve. Our facilities have more than just state-of-the-art technology—we have a team of compassionate and knowledgeable health care professionals. We focus our efforts on making quality care available at an affordable price for our local communities across the region. Our goal is to ensure each patient has the best experience and treatment possible paired with optimal clinical results.

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