The Wetzel County Hospital Laboratory has earned The Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in laboratories.  The accreditation award recognizes Wetzel County Hospital Laboratory's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commisions' state-of-the-art standards.

The Hospital Laboratory underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey in July 2014.  A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated the Laboratory for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care. 

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, our Laboratory has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," Brian Felici, Hospital CEO stated.  According to Jennifer Rhamy, Executive Director of the Joint Commission Lab Accreditation Program, "Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend the Wetzel County Hospital Laboratory for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves."

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis and the Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence," says Brian Felici, CEO.  "For our Laboratory, achieving Joint Commission accreditation is a major step toward maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide."

The Joint Commission has been evaluating and accrediting laboratory services since 1979.  Today, The Joint Commission accredits almost 2,000 organizations providing laboratory services.

The Joint Commision's laboratory standards emphasize the results a laboratory should achieve instead of emphasizing the technical methods of performing testing, and were developed with input from professional laboratory organizations.  Joint Commission standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens from the doctor's order into the laboratory from specimen collection then back to the patient through result reporting, focusing on the provision of high quality, safe laboratory services integrated with patient care.  These standards highlight the essential nature of laboratory services on the actual care and service delivery processes that contribute to and support the overall health care delivery system.

An independent, not-for-profit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation's oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care.  Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.