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NSMC Laboratory Has Met Highest Standards of Quality for over 50 years

The North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) Salem Hospital Laboratory has been recognized by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) as one of its longest accredited laboratories in the United States. NSMC Salem has met the highest standards of laboratory quality and proficiency testing for over 50 years.

“We’ve had fantastic staff over the past 50 years at the NSMC Salem Lab, who are dedicated to our patients and to their work,” says Bruce A. Beckwith, M.D., NSMC Chair of Pathology. “CAP accreditation is a rigorous and ongoing process and the fact that we have earned and maintained the accreditation for so long is a testament to the expertise and incredible work ethic of our team.”

To consistently meet the high standards of CAP accreditation, NSMC Labs uses the latest technologies and best practices to deliver fast and accurate results for better patient care every day.

The work of pathologists and laboratorians is crucial in making accurate diagnoses and working with the health care team to recommend the best treatments. A more precise diagnosis leads to faster, more effective treatment, and puts patients on the road to recovery sooner.

The CAP’s rigorous standards and requirements enable NSMC to stay in compliance with Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations for quality testing. CMS regulates all laboratory testing (except research) performed on humans in the U.S. through the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). About the College of American Pathologists As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists and leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.


NSMC (North Shore Medical Center) is a multi-site health system headquartered in Salem, Mass., which includes NSMC Salem Hospital, NSMC Union Hospital in Lynn, MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, NSMC Heart Center, NSMC Women’s Center and the physician network known as North Shore Physicians Group. NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital together provide care at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. NSMC is a member of Partners HealthCare, which was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. #northshoremed