61st Medical Squadron’s lab passes inspection with excellence

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The 61st Medical Squadron laboratory recently passed a no-notice inspection from the College of American Pathologists. The leading organization of board-certified pathologists, CAP serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.

In true Space and Missile Systems Center fashion, the 61st MDS’s laboratory surpassed CAP’s inspection with excellence. The inspector stated this was the highest performing lab she had ever seen, rating it in the top one-half percent of all labs nationally.

CAP’s Laboratory Accreditation Program inspects a variety of laboratory settings from complex university medical centers to physician office laboratories, and covers a complete array of disciplines and testing procedures. CAP accredits the entire spectrum of laboratory test disciplines with the most scientifically rigorous customized checklist requirements. Their peer-based inspector model provides a unique balance of regulatory and educational coaching supported by the most respected worldwide pathology organization.

“Capt. Dorothy Ridenour, the Diagnostic Element chief, her team, and their lab are amazing -- and more amazing yet are their attitudes. They do whatever is optimum and that requires extreme dedication and attention to details,” said Col. (Dr.) Paul Hoerner, 61st MDS commander.

“Once again, it is even more impressive that they do it with no complaints and a clear-headed realization of its importance to our patients,” Hoerner explained. “Their efforts to increase laboratory services at the Fort MacArthur Clinic in San Pedro for Los Angeles AFB residents have been a big factor in the increased number of patients who are choosing to receive care at that location.”