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CGH Medical Center Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

Hospital news | Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Contact: Nicole Bollman

STERLING, IL (February 10, 2021) — The Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to CGH Medical Center Laboratory Department, Sterling, Illinois based on results of a recent on-site inspection as part of the CAP’s Accreditation Programs.

The facility’s director, Farzan Eskandari, MD, FCAP was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided. CGH Medical Center Laboratory Department is one of more than 8,000 CAP-accredited facilities worldwide.

“We’re very proud of this certification, as it emphasizes our commitment to provide the highest level of care for our patients,” said Farzan Eskandari, MD, FCAP, CGH Laboratory Medical Director.

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 60-70% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory results. On average, CGH sees 73,000 outpatients a year at the hospital and the clinic labs. Many of the services performed in our laboratories include but are not limited to blood typing, blood transfusions, glucose tests, urine analysis, throat cultures, tissue blocks, and more. For more information on CGH Laboratories, visit

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