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Published on October 30, 2013

Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center Laboratory is First in Oregon to Earn ISO Accreditation

The laboratory at Asante Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center is the first in Oregon to achieve international standards of operation (ISO) 15189 accreditation for medical laboratories. Nationally, just 23 medical laboratories have achieved this stringent accreditation.

Although the ISO 15189 Standard is not currently mandated in the US, the CAP believes that laboratories ”such as Asante Rogue Regional” that work toward its implementation have committed resources and ideals to a quality system focused on the needs of their patients.

"This was an extensive two-year process," said Jini Danis, director of laboratory services at the hospital. "It was a collaboration of laboratory management, technical and support staff, and it demonstrates a the genuine Asante commitment to quality."

Asante Rogue Regional achieved the accreditation through the College of American Pathologists (CAP) based on quality standards outlined by the International Organization for Standardization. Accreditation focuses on improved patient safety and risk reduction, outlining standards for quality, and competence particular to medical laboratories.

The program optimizes processes that improve patient care, strengthen quality standards, reduce institutional errors and risks, and control costs.

Reviewed by Philip Stanley on October 31, 2013

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