The laboratory at Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac has gained an international accreditation.

The Cayman Islands Health Services Authority announced on Thursday that Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac had its medical laboratory accredited by the U.S.-based Joint Commission International earlier this month.

The Health Services Authority stated that the JCI accreditation is recognized as the “gold seal of approval” for international quality standards for patient care and service delivery.

“In spite of our hospital size, we are considered to be among the world’s best laboratories since we have met international standards and requirements,” said Dr. Srirangan Velusamy, the HSA’s director of Sister Islands Health Services. “JCI accreditation signifies that our laboratory has good governance, competent staff, excellent equipment and integration of systems.

“It also means that our laboratory’s results are accurate and reliable, its operations and services are patient-focused with a high emphasis on patients’ safety.”

Faith Hospital hosted an event on April 12 to celebrate the accreditation of its lab.

“The JCI Laboratory accreditation is an outstanding achievement for the Faith Hospital and I am very proud of their team,” HSA CEO Lizzette Yearwood said at the event. “The HSA looks forward to, and promises to work ardently towards the many milestones that await us in our commitment to meeting our country’s healthcare needs.”

Faith Hospital’s medical lab now joins the pathology lab in George Town as the HSA’s two JCI-accredited facilities. The pathology lab was accredited in 2015 and reaccredited in January, according to the HSA.

The authority’s forensic lab is also accredited by the International Organization for Standardization, and the HSA is in the process of having all its services accredited.

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