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Olean General Hospital Lab Earns National Accreditation

Posted on: 08/31/2009

The clinical laboratory at Olean General Hospital recently earned another two-year accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations. National Quality Approval and accreditation is based upon analysis of the laboratory’s Evidence of Standards Compliance.

The Joint Commission evaluates the quality and accuracy of clinical laboratories and their adherence to functional standards. These standards guide laboratories through CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) requirements such as proficiency testing and quality control, assists laboratories in planning and implementation for issues such as safety, management of information and performance improvement.


“Our lab continues to provide safe, high-quality diagnostic capabilities and services to patients in the community,” said Robert Krall, M.D., pathologist and laboratory director of Olean General Hospital.  “The Joint Commission certification further demonstrates Olean General Hospital’s commitment to quality.”


The Joint Commission survey concentrates on operational systems critical to the safety and quality of patient care. The objective of the survey is to provide educational “best practice” guidance to help staff improve performance. The process traces patients through the care, treatment, service received and analyzes key systems.

“Our fine team of lab professionals at OGH is dedicated to meeting these necessary requirements each day,” stated Robert Piechota, laboratory manager. “Our medical technicians and technologists are fully licensed by the New York State Board of Education.”

The Olean General Hospital Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine consists of board certified pathologists, nationally certified technologists, and offers a variety of lab testing and test interpretations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition to histopathology and cytopathology, the laboratory specialists provide consultation in coagulation, hematology, immunology, urinalysis, blood bank, microbiology and clinical chemistry, including toxicology and endocrinology. State-of-the-art technology includes automated analytical systems, DNA probes and thin prep Pap smear technology.        

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