October 20th, 2004

Burlington Area Family Practice Center’s laboratory received a perfect score on its 2004 onsite survey assessing proficiency testing, specimen and test management, quality control, personnel and facilities. The 100 percent rating means the laboratory has met all criteria in all areas of review.

The survey was conducted by the Commission on Laboratory Assessment, a nonprofit, physician-directed organization that promotes quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement and accreditation.

Laboratory medical director James McCabe, M.D., said the physician and laboratory staff’s strong ethic for quality in health care is the main reason for the laboratory’s success.

“We are in a small community,” he said. “Our patients are our friends, neighbors and family. They deserve and expect the best quality of care from us. We work hard to deliver it.”

Other Burlington Area Family Practice Center laboratory staff members are:

• Theresa Woulfe, medical technologist, supervisor
• Theresa Abbott, medical technologist
• Linda Kimzey, medical technologist
• Sandie Hayes, laboratory assistant
• Mona Green, laboratory assistant

Burlington Area Family Practice Center’s laboratory is staffed and federally licensed as a “high complexity” laboratory. About 80 percent of the diagnostic tests ordered by the center’s physicians are performed onsite, with results often available while patients are still at the center. Having results available at the time of service helps physicians provide a higher level of timeliness and treatment quality.

The Commission on Laboratory Assessment’s accreditation award meets or exceeds all requirements of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988, a federal standard that applies to all medical laboratories, and is fully recognized as meeting the standards of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.