Area Medical Laboratories Recognized for Quality Services

Apr 9, 2024

Richland Center, WI – The Richland Hospital and Clinics is pleased to announce that the laboratory teams at both the Muscoda Health Center (MHC) and Spring Green Medical Center (SGMC) were recently awarded the COLA Laboratory Excellence Award by their accreditor, COLA Inc.

Laboratory Director Dana Wilson, MT (ASCP), says the awards are a significant achievement. “This is a great honor for both laboratories and a testament to the dedication of the laboratory staff’s commitment to providing quality testing for their patients,” said Wilson.

Like other medical laboratories, the MHC and SGMC labs contract with an outside agency for accreditation. COLA Inc. is a leading national laboratory accreditor, whose program and standards enable clinical laboratories and staff to meet the United States Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA) and other regulatory requirements.

“We choose to partner with COLA,” Wilson said, “because they use a mentoring approach and education to improve quality and patient safety.” Accreditation is given to laboratories that apply the highest 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.

In addition to receiving accreditation, the Muscoda Health Center and Spring Green Medical Center laboratories were selected as recipients of the COLA Laboratory Excellence Award as a result of their surveys in March of this year. This award signifies the laboratory’s commitment to performing quality patient testing and superior overall laboratory practices. The Laboratory Excellence Award is achieved by those COLA laboratories that are compliant with all COLA essential and required criteria at the time of their on-site survey and have demonstrated successful proficiency testing for the prior three testing events.

The Richland Hospital and Clinics is a nationally awarded health care facility dedicated to caring, educating, and healing. Providing compassionate care for nearly 100 years to residents of the greater Richland County area, TRHC operates an independent, integrated group medical practice in three locations, including rural health clinics in Spring Green and Muscoda and a critical access hospital at its primary location in Richland Center, WI.