Laboratory Receives Joint Commission Accreditation


Allegan General Hospital (AGH) has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for accreditation by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission’s national standards for health care quality and safety in laboratories. The accreditation award recognizes Allegan General’s dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission’s state-of-the-art standards.

Allegan General Hospital recently underwent a rigorous unannounced on-site survey. A team of Joint Commission expert surveyors evaluated AGH for compliance with standards of care that directly affect the quality and safety of diagnostic services and patient care.

"In achieving Joint Commission accreditation, Allegan General Hospital has demonstrated its commitment to the highest level of care for its patients," says Jennifer Rhamy, M.B.A., M.A., M.T. (ASCP) SBB, HP, Executive Director, Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “Accreditation is a voluntary process and I commend Allegan General for successfully undertaking this challenge to elevate its standard of care and instill confidence in the community it serves.”

"With Joint Commission accreditation, we are making a significant investment in quality on a day-to-day basis from the top down,” says Melissa Makowski-Rich, Laboratory Manager at Allegan General Hospital. “Joint Commission accreditation provides us a framework to take our organization to the next level and helps create a culture of excellence. Achieving Joint Commission accreditation in the laboratory shows our commitment in maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide. Our goal is to provide our patients with the best experience possible.”

The Joint Commission’s laboratory standards emphasize the results a laboratory should achieve instead of emphasizing the technical methods of performing testing, and were developed with input from professional laboratory organizations. Joint Commission standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens from the doctor’s order into the laboratory from specimen collection then back to the patient through result reporting, focusing on the provision of high quality, safe laboratory services integrated with patient care. These standards highlight the essential nature of laboratory services on the actual care and service delivery processes that contribute to and support the overall health care delivery system.

AGH’s Laboratory offers a wide variety of tests, including a $5 self-referral cholesterol screening. Patients can have lab work done anytime day or night, seven days a week. No appointment is needed. Patients just need to bring with them their physician order and billing information. For more information about AGH’s Laboratory, please call (269) 686-4030 or visit  

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