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Carteret Medical Group Recognized for Quality Lab Services by COLA

Carteret Medical Group Recognized for Quality Laboratory Services

Carteret Health Care’s Carteret Medical Group has met all the criteria for Laboratory 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.

Dr. Mary Katherine Lawrence, Endocrinologist at Carteret Medical Group shared, "The recent successful COLA visit to our laboratory affirms the excellent quality patient care we deliver here at Carteret Medical Group. We are proud to be an integral part of our health system here meeting the needs of our community."

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. In September 2020, Carteret Medical Group has earned COLA Inc. accreditation to provide quality service to patients.

Carteret Medical Group is a multi-specialty group providing community residents with primary care and preventive health care. Specialty care is also offered in the areas of Endocrinology and Infectious Disease. As a division of Carteret Health Care, Carteret Medical Group physicians have access to the Mayo Clinic Network resources to ensure patients are receiving the best care. The laboratory at Carteret Health Care received accreditation in March from the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) based on results of a recent on-site inspection conducted by CAP inspectors.

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 certified to ISO 9001:2015. Our 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. COLA Inc. is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians- American Society of Internal Medicine.