BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (March 22, 2018) -- COLA, a national health care accreditation organization, announced that the laboratory at the Regional Health Medical Clinic on 13th Avenue in Belle Fourche has earned COLA Laboratory Accreditation.
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. This is the first time that the Belle Fourche laboratory has been accredited by COLA. The process took almost 11 months, including an onsite inspection in January 2018.
For patients, accreditation means that they can be confident that their test results are accurate and reliable. The lab provides a variety of testing services for the health care providers at the Belle Fourche clinic, a primary care, family medicine healing environment.