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RLMC lab receives accreditation

Rainy Lake Medical Center officials this week announced the facility’s laboratory has met all the criteria for accreditation by COLA Inc., a leading national laboratory accreditor, whose program and standards enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet U.S. CLIA and other regulatory requirements.

“Accreditation is an effective way to demonstrate competence and excellence of the laboratory,” said RLMC Laboratory Director Kim Usery. “It moves to stimulate the maintenance and improvement of the quality, which leads to high standard of services for our patients.”

Through a mentoring approach using education to improve quality and patient safety, accreditation is given to laboratories that apply the highest standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey.

Usery highlighted preparedness by staff and strong teamwork efforts.

“When our survey date approached this year, we did a mock inspection and were pleased to find that our records were very in order,” she said. “One of our strengths is that we have an experienced staff with defined responsibilities. When it comes to survey time, the teamwork really becomes apparent.”

RLMC has earned COLA Inc. accreditation to provide quality service to its patients. The accreditation is good for two years.

“We take the importance of our job very seriously,” Usery said. “There is a lot of continued work to ensure that we get the most accurate test results possible. This includes competencies, verifications, quality control studies, patient test assessment reviews, continued education, proficiency testing, and a lot of additional work behind the scenes. We don’t cut corners and a successful COLA survey and accreditation proves that.”

About Rainy Lake Medical Center

Rainy Lake Medical Center in International Falls, Minn., offers urgent care, emergency care, surgery, cardiology rehab and diagnostics, chemo and infusion therapy, family medicine clinics, COVID testing site, radiology, obstetrics and gynecology, therapy services, hosts sleep studies, laboratory services, orthopedics, swing bed care (both acute and skilled nursing facility care) and outreach specialists.

About COLA

COLA Inc. is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation.

In 1993, COLA Inc. was granted deemed status by CMS to provide laboratory accreditation.

As a leading laboratory accreditor in the United States, COLA Inc. is the only laboratory accreditation provider that operates its accreditation program in accordance with a quality management system. This means COLA Inc. offers customers a unique, standardized program and staff dedicated to satisfaction and laboratory quality.

Surveyors and technical advisors are guided by a coaching approach and uncomplicated quality engineered processes. Laboratories of all types and sizes are evaluated and mentored to produce accurate test results and meet CLIA regulations.

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