HSA lab receives international accreditation

The Health Services Authority pathology laboratory has received international accreditation from the Joint Commission International, meaning the lab meets quality standards people could expect at a first-world hospital. 

The health authority’s Chief Executive Officer Lizzette Yearwood said, “We are hoping in the next two to three years to get the entire hospital accredited.” 

Marking the achievement this week at Grand Old House restaurant, the Health Services Authority also celebrated the existing accreditations of the forensics lab and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation – Mutual Recognition Agreement. 

In a press release, the hospital service’s medical director Dr. Delroy Jefferson said, “Accreditation demonstrates that our labs are committed to the highest standards of quality and safety, and we can deliver our services with confidence and pride, both internally as a medical team as well as to our valued patients.” 

The accreditation, which is standard for labs in the U.S. and Europe, among other places, includes the Cayman blood bank and certifies that it complies with international standards. The Health Services Authority’s pathology lab does the work behind most medical tests for the authority and for some private doctors, including simple blood tests and screening tissue samples for cancers. 

Ms. Yearwood said in a press release, “This accreditation is not only a benchmark of quality delivered at the time of the audit, but provides a continuous stream of improvement opportunities for the HSA for the future – ensuring that we keep up with international protocols and standards of the highest quality.” 

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From left, Health Services Authority Medical Director Dr. Delroy Jefferson; HSA board chairman Jonathan Tibbetts; HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood; Councilor for Health Roy McTaggart and Ministry Chief Officer Jennifer Ahearn celebrate the accreditation of the HSA’s pathology laboratory at a gathering at Grand Old House.
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