Oakwood Heritage honored for excellence by pathologists association

The Oakwood Heritage Hospital laboratory in Taylor has been recently recognized by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) with an award of accreditation for excellence.

This national recognition is based on a thorough inspection process ensuring the highest standard of care for patients.

“Oakwood Heritage Hospital strives for excellence in everything we do, and our laboratories are no exception,” said Eric W. Widner, the hospital's chief operating officer. “While patients may never see the lab directly, it’s a key component of the care we provide and this recognition validates what we’ve been striving for all along.”

During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. In addition, inspectors examine staff qualifications, lab equipment, facilities, safety protocols and records and the overall management of the area.

The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program is recognized by the federal government as one of the most stringent programs in the country.

Oakwood Heritage has been serving Taylor and the surrounding communities for more than 30 years. The 248-bed hospital opened its doors in 1977, offering comprehensive healthcare with a personal touch.

Recognized as one of the "101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For" in metro Detroit, the professional healthcare specialists at Oakwood Heritage work together as a team, offering a full range of services combined with quality care, professionalism and exceptional customer service.

Oakwood Heritage is recognized as a state and national leader in clinical quality, and was among the first in the country to receive the coveted Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval for total joint replacement.

Some of the hospital's specialty services offered include 24-hour emergency care; orthopedic surgery, including the latest in minimally invasive hip and knee replacement technology; physical medicine and rehabilitation; hyperbaric oxygen therapy and wound care; pain management center; behavioral health program; outpatient diagnostic testing and laboratory services, including full service MRI, CT, X-Ray, mammography, ultrasound, nuclear medicine, cardiovascular work-up and laboratory studies; and a long-term acute care unit operated by Select Specialty Hospital.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving nearly 16,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high-quality and cost effective medical care.