ECRMC’s Robert J. Westcott Memorial Lab Receives Accreditation from College of American Pathologists

EL CENTRO, Calif. – July 5, 2010 –  Robert J. Westcott Memorial Lab in El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) has been awarded national accreditation by the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

Established in the early 1960s, the CAP accreditation process involves a full inspection of laboratory records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. In addition, reviews of laboratory staff qualifications, laboratory equipment, facilities, safety program and overall management of the lab is done to ensure laboratory patients are provided the highest standard of care.

“We feel achieving the CAP accreditation is very important,” said David Mohlenhoff, senior director of Laboratory and Radiology for ECRMC. “We are committed to our community and part of that is maintaining a standard of care above and beyond average. The lab is one of over 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories in the world, it’s an honor to be among them.”


El Centro Regional Medical Center (ECRMC) is a licensed 165-bed general acute care facility located in El Centro, Calif. ECRMC is committed to providing the community with high quality healthcare as reflected in its mission statement: “To Provide Healthcare Excellence For The Imperial Valley.”

ECRMC is moving forward with the planning and development of the hospital expansion project that will replace the older portion of the hospital. In addition, the hospital is developing a state-of-the-art facility to meet the needs of the Imperial Valley and provide an advanced healthcare facility and service, helping ECRMC continue to achieve it’s goal of providing excellence in healthcare.

Recent additions to the hospital include the opening of the Wound Care Center; the implementation of the Hospitalist Program; the Asthma and Diabetes Program; and the Children’s Specialist Program. A new Outpatient Center is planned in order to continue excellent service within the local community.

ECRMC has also recently announced a collaboration with the Oncology and Hematology Center of Imperial Valley to create the El Centro Regional Medical Center Oncology and Hematology Center. Maintaining its commitment to medical technology advancement, the hospital has invested in the da Vinci Si HD Surgical System. The surgery system allows for safe and less intrusive procedures in various surgical fields, including urology, cardiology, obstetrics/gynecology and more.

About the College of American Pathologists

The college of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society that serves more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of Board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The CAP is an advocate for high quality and cost effective patient care. More information about the CAP can be found at