TUPPER LAKE The Adirondack Medical Center Laboratory at the Tupper Lake Health Center has been awarded an accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), based on the results of a recent on-site inspection. The laboratorys medical director, Dr. John M. Eckel, was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of services being provided. The AMC laboratory in Tupper Lake is one of the more than 6,000 CAP-accredited laboratories nationwide. This accreditation demonstrates the consistency in the high level of care provided by AMC, said Chandler Ralph, president and CEO of AMC. Throughout the Tri-Lakes region, our staff is committed to performing at the highest level possible, again demonstrating our greatest asset is our employees. In addition to Tupper Lake, AMC also has laboratories at its Saranac Lake and Lake Placid sites. The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, begun in the early 1960s, is recognized by the federal government as being equal to or more stringent than the governments own inspection program. During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine the laboratorys records and quality procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine the entire staffs qualifications, the laboratorys equipment, facilities, safety program and record, as well as the overall management of the laboratory. The stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for the laboratorys patients.