The Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologist (CAP) has awarded re-accreditation to the South Georgia Medical Center Main Laboratory. The re-accreditation is awarded based on the results of a recent onsite inspection and the lab’s compliance with all CAP accreditation standards.“Hospital laboratories contribute to the quality of patient care by providing the medical staff with clinical information that guides them in the diagnosis and treatment of patients,” said SGMC CEO Randy Sauls. Lab tests identify infectious agents, provide analyses of blood and urine specimens to determine organ function, provide cross-matching of blood types for transfusion of blood and blood products and diagnostic examination of tissue and body fluids. CAP accreditation verifies that comprehensive and ongoing evaluations are performed by the laboratory to ensure the accuracy and reliability of test results.During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, as well as the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, and safety program, in addition to the overall management of the lab. Upon successful completion of the inspection process, SGMC’s Main Laboratory was awarded CAP accreditation and became part of an exclusive group of more than 7,000 laboratories worldwide that have met the highest standards of excellence.