Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center’s Laboratory Earns CAP Accreditation

January 23, 2018

Photo:  Conemaugh Meyersdale’s Laboratory received accreditation after a recent visit by the College of Amerian Pathologist.  Pictured are laboratory employees (from left): Amanda Berkey, Mandy Yoder, Gary Barkhimer, Desiree Dunn, and Joe Dirienzo.

Conemaugh Meyersdale Medical Center’s Laboratory Department recently earned accreditation from the College of American Pathologists (CAP).  CAP’s Accreditation Committee recommended Conemaugh Meyersdale’s Laboratory Department after reviewing the findings of a recent site visit. 

Conemaugh Meyersdale’s Manager of the Laboratory, Joe Dirienzo, and pathologist, Harold G. Ashcraft, MD, were advised of the national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of services being provided.  According to CAP, Conemaugh Meyersdale is one of 7,700 CAP-Accredited facilities worldwide.

“Dr. Ashcraft and I are pleased with the results of the survey," says Dirienzo. "It demonstrates that our laboratory is meeting all the standards set forth by CAP and that our skilled staff is closely following departmental policies and procedures. Ultimately it means we are providing our patients with accurate results in the safest manner possible.”

Heather Smith, Conemaugh Meyersdale’s Chief Executive Officer, praised the laboratory staff for their hard work earning this prestigious accreditation.  “This CAP designation shows that we uphold the highest laboratory standards set for us by CAP,” Smith said. “Dr. Ashcraft, Joe Dirienzo and the entire laboratory department can be proud of this high achievement.”

CAP surveys are conducted every two years. During the CAP accreditation process designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients, inspectors examine the laboratory’s records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, equipment, facilities, safety programs and records, and overall management.

For more information about Conemaugh Meyersdale’s Laboratory Department, call (814) 972-6911.  Find information about College of American Pathologists and its accreditation process at