College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on January 19, 2009

Contact: Sue Masaracchia-Roberts
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext. 7319

Avera McKennan Medical Center Laboratory Obtains CAP 15189SM Accreditation to the International Standards Organization for
Quality Management

Northfield, IL.—The College of American Pathologists (CAP), a deemed accreditation authority, is pleased to announce that it has awarded the second domestic accreditation to the CAP 15189SM Accreditation Program to Avera McKennan Medical Laboratory of Sioux Falls, SD. This accreditation is based on the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for laboratory technical competence and continual quality management and focuses on improved patient safety and risk reduction, outlining standards for quality and competence particular to medical laboratories.

CAP 15189 is a voluntary, non-regulated accreditation to the ISO 15189:2007 Standard as published by the International Organization of Standardization. This program does not replace the CLIA-based Laboratory Accreditation Program, but complements CAP accreditation and other quality systems. This program optimizes processes to improve patient care, strengthen quality standards while reducing institutional errors and risks, and controls costs. CAP 15189 is an educational program that offers a highly disciplined approach to implementing and sustaining change.

Cordelia Sever, MD, FCAP, chair of the CAP 15189 Committee, said, “Although the 15189:2007 Standard is not currently mandated in the US, CAP believes that laboratories that strive to be in the top tenth percentile in quality will benefit from seeking this standard and the College is proud to make it available to American laboratories.”

“Achieving this highly coveted accreditation as being among the first hospital laboratories in the United States is a tangible recognition of our commitment to the highest quality standards by a neutral third party,” said Leo Serrano, FACHE, CLSup (NCA), director of the Avera McKennan Laboratory. “Anyone can say they have quality, but we can proudly point to this accreditation and truly show we have unmatched quality. Avera McKennan has a long commitment to quality, as evidenced by our long and extensive commitment to LEAN and 6Sigma; this represents another step in our quality journey. We have been accredited by the College of American Pathologists Laboratory Accreditation Program for many years; this too is a logical extension of our commitment to excellence.”

For additional information on the CAP 15189:2007 program, e-mail, or visit the CAP Web site.