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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 24, 2006

UI Laboratories Receive National Accreditation 

Officials announced today that the Emory Warner Clinical Laboratories at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently received accreditation from the Commission of Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

An on-site inspection team congratulated laboratory staff for the "excellence of the services being provided." The U.S. government recognizes the CAP accreditation program as being more stringent than or at least equal to the federal inspection program.

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratories' records and quality control of procedures for the previous two years. CAP surveyors also review the qualifications of the entire laboratory staff, the lab's equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and the overall management of the labs. The rigorous process is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratories' patients.

CAP accredits more than 6,000 labs across the nation. Its accreditation program began in 1960. The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world's largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The organization advocates for high-quality and cost-effective health care.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu.