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The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Mercy Medical Center Laboratory based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

Mercy Laboratory was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Mercy Medical Center Laboratory is one of more than 7,600 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“Achieving CAP accreditation is a very rigorous and involved process,” states W. J. Coulter, Mercy’s Laboratory director. “A process Mercy’s Laboratory staff willingly undertake to ensure that we are providing the highest quality of care for our community members.”

The U.S. federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, as being equal-to or more-stringent-than the government’s own inspection program.

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 program and record, and overall management.

About the College of American Pathologists
As the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP’s Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently have customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,600 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide. Find more information about the CAP at

Mercy Medical Center Starts Volunteer Veteran Visitation Program

Mercy’s Volunteer Veteran Visitation program is a unique opportunity for United States military veterans to honor and thank their fellow servicemen and women, who are receiving care at Mercy Medical Center. By serving in this special role, volunteer veterans are given the opportunity to connect with veteran patients by sharing military experiences and explaining some of the benefits available to veterans.

There are many benefits for both patients and the veteran volunteer, including:

Benefits to the Veteran Patient:
• Acknowledges that our hospital honors them for their service
• Ensures that veteran patients feel special and are thanked for service to our country which they may never have felt before.
• Opportunity to learn more about benefits that they did not know were available to them.
• Opportunity to enjoy a time during their hospitalization to share memories and stores with a fellow veteran and briefly forget about their illness.
• Family members get to share in the stories that they may not have heard before.

Benefits to the Veteran Volunteer:
• A renewal of the brotherhood/sisterhood between two comrades and those who did not return
• An opportunity to hear unspoken concerns that might be addressed while the veteran is hospitalized
• Enhances the volunteer’s feeling of value to the hospital
• Enjoyment of seeing the patient “light up” during a visit

Mercy and Mercy’s Volunteer Services also benefits from this unique program. According to Michelle Kronner, director of Mercy’s Volunteer Services, “Through our Veteran Visitation program we are able to provide a valuable service that serves both veteran patients and veteran community members with a desire to serve. It also encourages new volunteers to join our team and that is always welcomed.”

For more information about Mercy’s Veteran Visitation program, or other volunteer opportunities at Mercy, please contact Michelle Kronner at 541-677-4465 or

Mercy Foundation’s Health Kids Outreach Program Receives Grant from the Ben Serafin Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation.

Mercy Foundation is the recipient of a generous $5,000 grant from the Ben Serafin Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation to support the work of the foundation’s Healthy Kids Outreach Program (HKOP).

According to Healthy Kids Outreach Program Manager Trina McClure Gwaltney, “This grant funding will allow us to continue to provide healthcare education and healthcare services through our HKOP programs in the Glide School district. We are very appreciative of the generosity of our donors, especially the ongoing support we have received from the Ben Serafin fund and OCF, to support this very important program.”

The foundation’s Healthy Kids Outreach Program is an innovative health care delivery model that reaches children and families in need in Douglas County through outreach in the schools. HKOP Health Resource nurses function as health educators, working alongside school staff to bring health education on topics such as hygiene, communicable disease prevention, nutrition and healthy choices to children grade levels K-12. HKOP nurses also assess children with acute or ongoing health care needs and assist families with referrals to health care providers.

The mission of The Oregon Community Foundation is to improve life in Oregon and promote effective philanthropy. OCF works with individuals, families, businesses and organizations to create charitable funds to support the community causes they care about. Through these funds OCF awards more than $60 million annually in grants and scholarships.

For additional information about this grant or about HKOP, please contact Healthy Kids Outreach Program Manager, Trina McClure Gwaltney at 541-677-4818 or

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