The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) and The Joint Commission have established the Leading Laboratories Recognition Program – a designation that promotes laboratory leadership and helps elevate the visibility and collaborative work of the medical laboratory team among clinical colleagues, hospital leadership and patients.
The designation, available to Joint Commission-accredited laboratories, is a symbol of laboratory excellence and provides visible and public recognition of a laboratory’s meaningful achievements in improving patient outcomes, according to a Joint Commission press release.
Leading Laboratories was developed and refined by laboratory leaders. The designation is accomplished through a set of criteria designed to quantify and exhibit the capability of a given laboratory to achieve high quality outcomes, assure professional development, engage in trusted leadership and earn laboratory visibility.
Shared goals for the Leading Laboratories Recognition Program include:
- Build stronger, more resilient laboratory teams through facilitating and highlighting the development of individuals and team members;
- Garner respect within the pathology and laboratory medicine community;
- Elevate medical laboratories within the larger clinical care team and their organizations or healthcare systems.