Scope & Accreditation - Berkshire Health Systems

Berkshire Medical Center
Fairview Hospital
Scope of Service
Berkshire Health Systems Laboratories is a modern community laboratory system
equipped with the latest in automated analytical instrumentation. Our fully certified
technical staff and modern equipment allows us to respond daily to the needs of
Berkshire County's medical community. From HCFA/AMA approved panels to "STAT"
test analysis, the laboratory tries to offer a variety of comprehensive laboratory tests to
meet your needs.
Professional Consultation
Medical and technical specialists are available to provide assistance and information for
all test procedures. They will answer your questions, discuss test results, and consult on
cases as needed. To request assistance, please call the lab number below. The
technologist working in the area where testing was performed should also be able to
answer your questions or help you to find the answers to your inquiries. (413) 445-9288Outreach, or (413) 447- 2575- Main Lab.
Quality Control
Rigorous internal and external control programs are an integral part of all laboratory
testing. Internal systems require normal and abnormal controls with patient runs and
calibration standards specific to procedures and instrumentation. Computerized control
reports provide continuous test monitoring as specimens are resulted. The internal
systems are commercially prepared quality control programs for all sections of the
laboratory. External systems include proficiency testing from the College of American
Pathologists (CAP) and Health Care Financial Administration (HCFA) of the U.S.
Fully Accredited
Berkshire Health Systems Laboratories is accredited by the Commission of Inspection
and Accreditation of Laboratories under the College of American Pathologists, The
American Association of Blood Banks, the Medicare Program, and the Massachusetts
Department of Public Health.
College of American Pathologists (CAP)
Health Care Financial Administration (HCFA)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH)
American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
Approved by:
Medical Director: R. L. Johnson, MD
Approved by:
Technical Director: T. Bills, FIMLS
Prepared by:
Cheryl Jenks MBA, MT(ASCP)
Adopted: 4-26-06
Reviewed: 2-28-12