January 13, 2014

SLU Pathology Labs Receive Re-Accreditation

ST. LOUIS - Laboratories operated by the pathology department at Saint Louis University School of Medicine recently were re-accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), an independent medical society.

Carole Vogler, M.D.

"It's a stamp of approval for our reference laboratories, which offer the highest quality of specialized services to hospitals, physicians and patients," said Carole Vogler, M.D., chair of pathology at SLU.

SLU pathology labs perform autopsies; evaluate cell and tissue specimens; analyze blood samples to identify diseases; and use sophisticated techniques, including electron microscopy, to evaluate a range of specimens to diagnose medical conditions, among other services.

The CAP accreditation process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for laboratory patients. Every two years, inspectors examine the labs' records and quality control procedures as well as laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety programs, records and overall management.

Vogler said SLU's pathology department labs have been accredited by CAP since 1998.

Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: infectious disease, liver disease, cancer, heart/lung disease, and aging and brain disorders.

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