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Summit Medical Group recognized for top quality laboratory services

February 18, 2016

Feb. 18, 2016

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Summit Medical Group has met all criteria for Laboratory Accreditation by COLA, a national healthcare accreditation organization, and has received the COLA Laboratory Excellence Award.

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. Summit Medical Group has earned COLA accreditation as a result of a long-term commitment to provide quality service to its patients.

“This recognition highlights the level of quality, value and efficiency that Summit Medical Group is committed to providing,” said Ranee Guard, Summit Medical Group vice president of diagnostic and therapeutic services. “Our laboratory serves patients at each of our physician sites, and we are proud to deliver this level of excellence to East Tennessee.”

COLA is a nonprofit, physician-directed organization promoting quality and excellence in medicine and patient care through programs of voluntary education, achievement and accreditation.

COLA is approved by the federal government and sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.

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About Summit Medical Group

Summit Medical Group is one of the largest primary care based organizations in East Tennessee with 230 physicians and more than 150 advanced practitioners providing care at over 50 practice locations in 12 East Tennessee counties. Summit also consists of four diagnostic centers, mobile diagnostic services, seven physical therapy centers, three express clinics, a central laboratory and a sleep services center. Summit provides healthcare services to more than 260,000 patients, averaging over one million encounters annually. Summit’s Statcare division, which includes 70 of the group’s physicians and 40 of its mid-level providers, delivers superior care for hospitalized patients. For more information, visit

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