GBGH Laboratory receives exceptional performance score

A large room with wooden desks and equipment. Twelve people in masks and lab coats stand a minimum of 6 feet apart.

May 14, 2021 – Georgian Bay General Hospital’s (GBGH) Laboratory team achieved a result of 99 per cent during its recent Accreditation Canada (AC) Diagnostic Survey. GBGH’s Laboratory participated in the three-day assessment between April 19 and 21, 2021, during which it was evaluated on 468 requirements in hematology, chemistry, transfusion medicine and microbiology. The survey reviews the Laboratory’s commitment to quality and safety initiatives, as well as adherence to internationally recognized standards.

In preparation for the AC Diagnostic Survey, GBGH’s Lab Team introduced many new quality improvement projects including rapid molecular testing for antibiotic resistant organisms which helps improve patient flow in the hospital’s inpatient units. When patients can be tested and the results received quickly, the hospital is able to make timely and informed decisions on where to place patients such as in a ward room with other patients or in an isolation room for infection prevention and control reasons.

The Laboratory also began COVID-19 rapid testing which improved access to testing and turnaround times for inpatients and patients scheduled for surgeries who need a negative COVID-19 test prior to their procedure.

“To achieve this level of success with accreditation it requires a dedicated team,” says Erin Kominek, manager, Diagnostic Services and Laboratory, GBGH. “The GBGH Laboratory Team is a group of hardworking individuals who are committed to providing quality results to the communities they serve. I would like to congratulate the entire team on achieving this exceptional accomplishment.”

GBGH’s last Laboratory AC Diagnostic Survey took place in 2017. At that time, the Laboratory achieved a result of 95 per cent.



Jennifer Moore

Communications Officer, GBGH

705-526-1300 ext 5177