Spectrum Health Laboratory has updated its policy regarding expected date. For those providers that send an expected date of draw with your electronic order to our laboratory, there was a change on April 24, 2019 for Epic Providers and there will be a change on May 13, 2019 for EMR interface offices. From these dates forward, if you send us an expected date of draw, our phlebotomists will draw up to 14 days before your expected date and anytime thereafter until the order expires. If we do not receive an expected date of draw, we will treat the order as ready to collect from the day it arrives till one year out, when it expires. All Laboratory orders, including standing or future orders, are valid up to 400 days unless otherwise specified.
The Laboratories at Spectrum Health recently passed a systemwide inspection from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). Fifteen inspectors from four different laboratories around the country inspected our main regional laboratory here in Grand Rapids as well as our laboratories at Big Rapids, Gerber, Blodgett, Kelsey, Ludington, Pennock, Reed City, United and Zeeland.
The College of American Pathologists is considered the gold standard for assessing quality lab work. The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program began in the early 1960’s and is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program. It is a peer-review process where laboratories are inspected by their peers every two years.
During the accreditation process, inspectors spent four days and traveled over 550 miles examining laboratory records, quality-control procedures, qualifications of staff, equipment, facilities, safety programs, and overall management at each of our laboratories. This included reviewing many of our 8289 standards. Although our Grand Rapids laboratories were inspected by CAP early last spring, and many of our community hospital labs were evaluated separately over the last two years, this was the first time our system was inspected as a whole.
Spectrum Health Laboratory is one of more than 7,700 CAP –accredited laboratories worldwide! CAP inspections promote better patient care by constantly challenging laboratories to improve; ensure the highest quality standards are maintained and that results are reported to healthcare providers accurately and in a timely manner.
Congratulations to all of our Laboratories and Staff!