Olga Eaton, 277-3432
Michael Padilla, 277-1816
February 5, 2002
UNM STUDENT HEALTH CENTERS LABORATORY RECEIVES 100 PERCENT GRADE BY
NATIONAL ACCREDITATION ASSOCIATION
The University of New Mexico Student Health Centers laboratory received
a grade of 100 percent from the National Clinical Laboratory Accreditation Association
and will be considered for a Laboratory Excellence Award awarded
annually. Only six labs in the country have been recommended for this award
this year by the inspector.
This is an inspection that specifically addresses the quality of the
laboratory work, said Olga Eaton, Student Health Center director. The
inspection occurs every two years and we must pass the inspection in order to
continue to run the laboratory.
Karen Gentz, a medical laboratory technician, said that receiving 100 percent means that the laboratory is nationally recognized to serve our students.
It was a pretty hefty process to get ready for the accreditation,
she said. We meet all national compliances.
The laboratory located in the Student Health Center provides a variety of tests
for patients. Testing offered on site include complete blood count, sed rate,
urinalysis, urine and GC cultures and pregnancy testing. Testing for group A
Strep, (strep throat) and mononucleosis is also conducted in the laboratory.
Basically any test your doctor wants done we either do here or collect
specimen and send to reference lab, Gentz said.
Gentz said the laboratory provides testing for a quicker turn around for students. The laboratory provides better customer service for our doctors and patients, Gentz said. We focus on quality control and procedure control.
The laboratory received one citation the last time it was reviewed and it entailed
writing a procedure. Gentz said that a laboratory could get shut down if there
are numerous citations.
I am very proud of the staff and the excellent job that they are doing,
Eaton said. This is a clear indication that we offer quality services
to our students.
The laboratory staff includes Lourdes Martinez, Shareef Jawadi, Ophelia Spencer, Gentz and weekend tech Rick Heyman.
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