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SCKMC Lab Achieves Zero Deficiency Survey

March 19, 2015

The South Central Kansas Medical Center Laboratory Department earned a "Zero-Deficiency" certification last week during a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) inspection.

Arkansas City, KS –   The South Central Kansas Medical Center Laboratory Department earned a "Zero-Deficiency" certification last week during a Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) inspection.

     CLIA regulates laboratory testing and requires clinical laboratories to be certificated by their state as well as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) every two years. A CLIA survey involves two inspectors in the laboratory for a full day, looking in depth at different aspects of the department's function including quality assurance, proficiency testing, quality control, and documentation. This very thorough inspection includes all areas within the lab (Hematology, Chemistry, Microbiology, Blood Bank, Immunology, Urinalysis, Coagulation).

     “A Zero-Deficiency survey is no easy task. We are very proud of our Laboratory Staff, who strive to run an out-standing department every day and who truly care about the patients that they serve,” said Carol Maxwell, SCKMC’s Manager of Core Ancillary Services.

    The news of the perfect inspection arrived just before Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (April 19 – 25th). According to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science, there are approximately 300,000 practitioners of clinical laboratory science in the United States.

As team members of one of the largest industries in the United States, the dedicated efforts of laboratory professionals often go unnoticed by the general public. With the public now demanding the assurance of quality health care and professional accountability, events like Medical Laboratory Professionals Week ensure that the public is well informed about clinical laboratory competency.

The professionals at SCKMC’s lab consist of Carol Maxwell MT(ASCP) Core Ancillary Services Manager, Lois Faber MT(ASCP)  Laboratory Lead Tech, Cassie Crocker MT(ASCP), Cindy Traffas MT(AAB), Riley Stegman MLS (ASCP), Hannah Bryant MLS (ASCP), Sarah Hays MLS (ASCP), Kayla Ranzau MLT (ASCP), Shelby Koller MLT (ASCP), Paden Parker  Lab Aide.

(Pictured): Carol Maxwell (far right) along with members of the SCKMC lab team. Back row - Cindy Traffas, Riley Stegman, Sarah Hays. Front row – Hannah Bryant, Cassie Crocker, Lois Faber, Kayla Ranzau, Paden Parker, and Carol Maxwell. Not pictured: Shelby Koller.