Health System Affiliated Practice Recognized for Quality Laboratory Services

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: Jan. 16, 2008 – Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Pediatrics 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. Southeast Georgia Physician Associates-Pediatrics 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.

Southeast Georgia Physician Associates - Pediatrics is a member of Cooperative Healthcare Services, Inc., which is a strategic affiliate of Southeast Georgia Health System. Board-certified pediatricians Renali Agbayani, MD, and Kimberly Stoughton-Doherty, MD, and their professional staff offer comprehensive pediatric and adolescent care. The practice is located at 2040 Dan Proctor Drive, Suite 140, St. Marys, GA, 31558, and office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 912-673-8000 or visit www.sghs.com.