Sandhills lab earns national accreditation

By: For the Daily Journal

HAMLET — Sandhills Regional Medical Center Laboratory has met all criteria for laboratory accreditation by COLA, a national health care accreditation organization.

“The laboratory and cardiopulmonary staff worked diligently to meet all the regulatory guidelines to achieve accreditation,” said Tammy Sturdivant, lab director and cardiopulmonary director.

Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. Sandhills Regional has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients, hospital officials said.

COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement and accreditation.

COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine.

For the Daily Journal