Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction



February 17, 2010

For Immediate Release


CONTACT:  DRC Bureau of Communications

(614) 752-1150

Corrections Medical Center Laboratory Achieves COLA Accreditation

(Columbus) - The Corrections Medical Center Laboratory (CMC) has attained accreditation from the Committee on Laboratory Accreditation (COLA), a national healthcare accreditation organization.  COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care.  COLA accreditation symbolizes CMC's rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, their accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and the results of their rigorous on-site COLA laboratory survey.

Located in Columbus, the Corrections Medical Center is the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction’s in-house medical facility.  The CMC Lab is a high complexity, full-service, state-of-the-art Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act licensed lab.  The lab performs over 3.5 million tests per year with highly trained certified staff.  Services provided include emergency “stat” labs, critical labs, reference labs, Pathology consultations and other specialty areas such as Cytology and Microbiology. 

"I am very proud of the Corrections Medical Center for achieving this accreditation," stated DRC Director Ernie L. Moore.  "DRC is committed to providing quality services in all facets of our operations.  This accreditation is a result of the many dedicated and professional employees who work hard each day to provide these essential services to our population and the population of the Department of Youth Services."

The Corrections Medical Center Laboratory has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality services to patients of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, Department of Youth Services and other state agencies and affiliates.  The accreditation was awarded in January 2010.