SVMC laboratory celebrates reaccreditation

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BENNINGTON — Members of the laboratory team at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, a part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, gathered in celebration of their recent reaccreditation. The lab has two accrediting agencies, the New York State Department of Health and College of American Pathologists. Both agencies reaccredited the lab in late 2018 and early 2019.

"Meeting the high standards of our accrediting organizations is one way that we show our commitment to quality patient care," Dr. Marianne DeMarco, the department's medical director, said in a release. "I am very proud of our dedicated team of lab professionals and the work they do every day to ensure that we meet and surpass these important standards."

During the CAP accreditation process, which is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine laboratory records and quality control procedures for the preceding 2 years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

The lab and pathology departments of SVMC are located inside Southwestern Vermont Medical Center at 100 Hospital Drive in Bennington. The lab is open for patients to have blood drawn 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7-10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. For information about the lab at SVMC, call 802- 442-6361.

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