Jan 19, 2012
The in-house laboratory at Humboldt State University’s Student Health & Wellness Center has received national recognition for quality patient testing and overall laboratory practices.
The Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation (COLA), Columbia, MD., an independent, non-profit accreditor directed by physicians, has honored the center with a “Laboratory Excellence Award” for ensuring accurate and reliable test results. The commission, founded in 1988, accredits almost 8,000 medical laboratories nationwide, enabling them to meet federal regulatory standards.
“We are very proud of the quality work done by our lab staff,” said Mary Grooms VanCott, the Student Health & Wellness Center’s interim director, and Susan Whitney, lab supervisor. The center is an accredited outpatient facility that provides basic medical services to enrolled students at no charge. Elective services are offered at low cost. In addition to primary and urgent medical care, the center provides health education, counseling services and liaison with other North Coast medical institutions and services. It is located at One Plaza Avenue on campus, northeast of Library Circle.