ProHealth Physicians’ Laboratory Earns COLA Accreditation
December 23, 2015
Farmington, CT—The ProHealth Physicians Laboratory has met all criteria for reaccreditation by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA), a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey for their Chemistry, Hematology, Microbiology, Serology, Urinalysis, and Coagulation departments. The ProHealth Physicians Laboratory’s ninth consecutive COLA accreditation demonstrates its long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients.
“Fifteen years ago, we set our primary goal to make our laboratory the highest quality laboratory in the state of Connecticut and the number one choice for our healthcare providers. Earning excellent scores for this accreditation for nine consecutive terms is a testament to this goal,” says James Czahur, Director of the ProHealth Laboratory.
COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement, and accreditation. In 1993, CMS granted COLA deeming authority under CLIA and in 1997 the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organization (JCAHO) also recognized COLA’s laboratory accreditation program. Today COLA accredits over 8,000 medical laboratories. COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the American College of Physicians.
Formed in 1997, ProHealth is an independent physician group with 85 practice locations throughout Connecticut that empowers physicians and advanced clinicians to better serve patients through improved care processes and patient outcomes. ProHealth is a division of OptumCare, leading national information and technology-enabled health services businesses, For more information about ProHealth, visit www.prohealthmd.com.