Awards & Accreditations
By demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission‘s national standards for health care quality and safety, Capital Medical Center has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval™.
Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits more than 18,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States, including more than 9,500 hospitals and home care organizations, and more than 6,300 other health care organizations that provide long term care, behavioral health care, laboratory and ambulatory care services. In addition, The Joint Commission also provides certification of more than 1,000 disease-specific care programs, primary stroke centers, and health care staffing services. 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.
Congress passed the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) in 1988 establishing quality standards for all laboratory testing to ensure the accuracy, reliability and timeliness of patient test results regardless of where the test was performed. Our lab is CLIA licensed. Click here to find out more about the important lab guidelines set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and administered by The Joint Commission Laboratory Accreditation.
CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program
Our hospital laboratory has achieved accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP). The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is an internationally recognized program and the only one of its kind that utilizes teams of practicing laboratory professionals as inspectors. Designed to go well beyond regulatory compliance, the program helps laboratories achieve the highest standards of excellence to positively impact patient care. The laboratory at Capital Medical Center is CAP accredited.
The program is based on rigorous accreditation standards that are translated into detailed and focused checklist requirements. The checklists, which provide a quality practice blueprint for laboratories to follow, are used by the inspection teams as a guide to assess the overall management and operation of the laboratory. To learn more about the College of American Pathologists (CAP) or about how pathologists contribute to your health, click here to visit the website.
Capital Medical Center Surgery Center receives Top 10 Rankings
Capital Medical Center has been ranked among the top ten in Washington state for general surgery, and given a five star rating for its quality of Appendectomy surgery by HealthGrades. HealthGrades is a leading, independent healthcare ratings organization. Listen to the local news broadcast to hear comments from Dr. David M. Deitz, M.D., Surgeon and Renee Crotty, Marketing Director, on the importance of the hospital’s rankings and the excellent patient care provided by the staff of Capital Medical Center.