Dorchester General Hospital Receives CAP Accreditation

Dorchester General Hospital’s main laboratory in Cambridge has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent onsite inspection.

David Danner, MD, PhD, the laboratory’s director, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the “excellence of the services being provided.” Dorchester General Hospital is one of the more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide.

The CAP laboratory accreditation program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine staff qualifications, the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for patients.

The College of American Pathologist is a medical society serving nearly 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high quality and cost-effective medical care.