Regional West Laboratory Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb., ― The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Regional West Laboratory, Scottsbluff, Nebraska based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The facility’s director, Kelly Ramirez, HT(ASCP), was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. Regional West Laboratory is one of more than 8,000 CAP- accredited facilities worldwide.

“We are excited and honored to receive reaccreditation from CAP for our laboratory at Regional West,” said Kelly Ramirez, HT(ASCP). “We look forward to continuing to assist our patients in the community with exceptional service.”

“The CAP is pleased to recognize Regional West Laboratory as meeting the high standard set as part of the CAP’s Laboratory Accreditation Program,” said Richard M. Scanlan, MD, FCAP, chair of the CAP’s Council on Accreditation. “Regional West Laboratory joins the thousands of others that are committed to raising the quality of laboratory services nationally and internationally.”

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 world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, 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. For more information, read the CAP Annual Report at

Regional West Health Services in Scottsbluff, Neb., is the parent company of Regional West Medical Center, a 188-bed regional referral center and the only Level II Trauma Center in Nebraska west of Kearney. As the region’s only tertiary referral medical center, Regional West offers care that spans more than 32 medical specialties provided by over 28 physician clinics. With nearly 300 in-network providers and approximately 2,000 staff members, Regional West provides comprehensive and innovative health care services for the people of western Nebraska and the neighboring states of Colorado, South Dakota, and Wyoming.