Rehab, lab programs at Kent Hospital earn accreditation

WARWICK – Kent County Memorial Hospital has announced that two of its programs earned recent accreditation from national organizations.

Kent’s rehabilitation center received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities based on the hospital’s adult rehabilitation program, amputation specialty program and stroke specialty program.

CARF defines the achievement as indicative of an organization’s dedication and commitment to improving patients’ lives, according to a news release from Kent Hospital.

The department of pathology and laboratory medicine at Kent was accredited by the College of American Pathologists and AABB, formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks, as well.

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The CAP accreditation process, which is recognized as being equal to or more stringent than the federal government’s inspections, evaluated Kent’s laboratory records, operating procedures and quality control procedures for the past two years. Laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety practices and record, and overall management were included in the inspection.

Kent’s laboratory earned AABB accreditation for its transfusion service, which was evaluated on technical and administrative performance. On-site assessments found that the facility’s performance met or exceeded AABB standards, the hospital said.