From left are Bill Hamlyn, AVP of nursing, Surya Kantipudi, laboratory director, and Edward Uthman, MD, Pathologist.

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists has awarded accreditation to OakBend Medical Center Wharton Laboratory, Wharton, based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The facility’s director, Edward Uthman, MD, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided.

OakBend Medical Center Wharton Laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“We are so proud of our staff for working together to provide first-class laboratory services for the citizens of Wharton,” said Dr. Uthman.

“The people of this community deserve accredited services close to home.”

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years.

CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management.

About the College of American Pathologists

As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.

OakBend Medical Center is the last remaining independent, nonprofit hospital in the Greater Houston area, providing exceptional service with its three hospitals and many specialty centers. OakBend follows an innovative model of care that makes the patient the captain of the care team, up-ending the traditional approach to nursing where the doctors and nurses act as leaders of the team. This patient-centered care drives OakBend’s services and programs, including its signature No Wait ER, an advanced trauma center and the Jack and Billie Wendt Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit.

We remain committed to developing the very best ways to care for our patients, ensuring a healthy future for generations to come.

For more information, please visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Snapchat.

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