Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. laboratory has met all criteria for accreditation by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA), a national healthcare accreditation organization. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey. Yankton Medical Clinic, P.C. laboratory has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients.
“The laboratory is inspected every two years,” explains lab director, Brian Ballard, “this accreditation, ensures that patients/physicians are getting quality test results that they can depend on.” COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement and accreditation.
COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association. The COLA certification is valid for two years.