Health System Affiliated Center Recognized for Quality Laboratory Services

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: March 3, 2008 – Brantley Family Medicine Center has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization. In addition, the practice was presented the COLA Laboratory Excellence Award for successfully completing three prior surveys and being found compliant with all COLA criteria. Accreditation is given only to laboratories that apply rigid standards of quality in day-to-day operations, demonstrate continued accuracy in the performance of proficiency testing, and pass a rigorous on-site laboratory survey.

Brantley Family Medicine Center has earned COLA accreditation and the Laboratory Excellence Award as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality services to its patients.

COLA is a nonprofit, physician directed organization that promotes quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through voluntary programs in education, achievement, and accreditation. COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians, and the American Osteopathic Associations.

Brantley Family Medicine Center is a member of Cooperative Healthcare Services, Inc., which is a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System. Board-certified family medicine physician Janise H. Whitesell, MD, and her professional staff offer comprehensive medical care for persons of all ages. The Center is located at 21300 Hwy. 82, Suite C, Waynesville, GA, 31566, and office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 912-778-3556 or visit www.sghs.org.