Not only was it a monumental day in history, but Avera McKennan is making a little history of it's own. The Avera McKennan Laboratory is the first hospital lab in the country to gain a prestigious international accreditation.
The College of American Pathologists, a deemed accreditation authority has awarded Avera McKennan's medical laboratory with the ISO1-5-1-8-9 Accreditation. Tough standards as laid out by the International Organization of Standardization. (The accreditation is based on the International Organizations for Standardization (ISO) for laboratory technical competence and continual quality management and focuses on improved patient safety and risk reduction, outlining standards for quality and competence particular to medical laboratories.)
Leo Serrano Director of Avera McKennan's Laboratory says, "The best thing to take away from it is the fact that here in Sioux Falls, South Dakota you have a hospital laboratory that is ranked among the best in the world."
In a patient's medical record, 70% of all objective clinical information that doctors base their decisions on comes from the lab.
Serrano says, "It is critical. The better the lab, the more accurate the lab, the faster they get things done and the better quality care and faster the doctor and nurses can do their jobs."
As many of the 135 employees who work in the labs here who could took a moment away from their jobs to capture the moment. there moment of recognition they so rarely get. Both US Senators John Thune and Tim Johnson from South Dakota were there to congratulate them on their achievement.
Senator John Thune says, "Ultimately what this serves is the patient's interest. It's about patient safety and patient quality and the ISO accreditation process is an internationally recognized one. The fact that Avera is leading the way in terms of establishing the gold standard for medical labs, I think is a great distinction to have."
Serrano says, "This is a very special award which implies the top quality of care you receive."
Serrano says your care is and always has been priority one. It's just a bonus the international community is recognizing their success in that commitment.
One more statistic to throw your way, Avera McKennan's lab accuracy rate is near perfect. There are 3 or less errors per one million tests.