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Laboratory at Medical Center of Peach County Nationally Accredited

The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to the Department of Clinical Laboratory Services at Medical Center of Peach County, Atrium Health Navicent (MCPC). The accreditation is based on the results of a recent on-site inspection as part of CAP's Accreditation Programs. MCPC becomes one of more than 7,700 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

"At the Medical Center of Peach County, we set high standards for ourselves for excellence in patient care. Our lab's accreditation by the globally recognized College of American Pathologists is testament to the tremendous care our laboratory managers and technicians provide for each of our patients," said Darren Pearce, Chief Administrative Officer for MCPC.

During the CAP accreditation process, designed to ensure the highest standards of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory's records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety program and record, and overall management. The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program as being equal to or more stringent than the government's own inspection program.

"Our lab team went through a very rigorous process in order to achieve this accreditation, and we are so pleased that they have been recognized for the caliber of their work. Our patients know they are in good hands, receiving high quality care close to home, when they visit Medical Center of Peach County," said Gene Battles, M.D., pathologist with MCPC's Department of Clinical Laboratory Services.

MCPC, located at 1960 Hwy 247 Connector in Byron, provides the residents of Peach and surrounding counties access to a new, modern, 25-bed hospital offering emergency care, an operating room suite, numerous diagnostic and outpatient services and all-private rooms. The hospital was constructed and opened in 2013, after Peach Regional Medical Center partnered with Atrium Health Navicent.

The lab at MCPC operates around the clock, seven days per week, in order to serve patients with convenient access to care. No appointments are necessary, walk-ins are welcome. Patient's must present a doctor's order for lab work and a photo ID.

About the College of American Pathologists

As the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) servespatients, pathologists and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP's Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,700 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide. Find more information about the CAP at Follow CAP on Twitter: @pathologists.

About Atrium Health Navicent

Atrium Health Navicent was incorporated on November 17, 1994, as a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to coordinate the Medical Center, Navicent Health and other affiliated entities in their mission of providing a comprehensive continuum of high quality, reasonably priced healthcare services to the region. Atrium Health Navicent has 830 beds for medical, surgical, rehabilitation and hospice purposes. The health system includes The Medical Center, Navicent Health, a nationally recognized tertiary teaching hospital; Atrium Health Navicent Beverly Knight Olson Children's Hospital, the region's only dedicated pediatric hospital; Medical Center of Peach County, Atrium Health Navicent, a rural critical access hospital; Rehabilitation Hospital, Atrium Health Navicent, the region's oldest and most experienced rehabilitation provider; Pine Pointe, Atrium Health Navicent, which provides palliative and hospice care in homes and in its facility; Carlyle Place, Atrium Health Navicent, the area's first continuing care retirement community; Navicent Health Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Atrium Health Navicent; as well as diagnostic and home care services. For more information, please visit