What is Collier Pathology Services, PA?
Collier Pathology Services (CPS) began operations at Physicians Regional Medical Centers, Pine Ridge and Collier Boulevard on Jan. 1, 2007. Prior to that and since 2001, pathologists were employed by HMA (previously Cleveland Clinic Florida Hospital, Naples) with Dr. Dipasquale as Laboratory Director and Chairman of the Division of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.
The Laboratory is fully accredited by the College of American Pathologists, JCAHO and AABB. CPS staffs the two Hospitals of Physicians Regional Healthcare System with Board Certified Anatomic and Clinical Pathologists, who provide a full range of on-site professional activities and subspecialty consultations.
What does a Pathologist do?
Pathologists diagnose disease processes on tissue samples and also assist surgeons by providing immediate interpretations on fresh material (frozen section, fine needle aspiration, smears), allowing the surgeon to quickly adapt to new diagnostic findings. Pathologists directly review and interpret or supervise the performance of every laboratory test done within the Hospital Laboratories. This insures that test results are accurate, are performed by qualified and licensed technical personnel through instruments that conform to stringent regulatory standards. Pathologists are responsible for, supervise and/or directly review results in Chemistry, Hematology, Blood Bank and Transfusion Medicine, Microbiology, Serology, Point of Care Testing (POTC), Molecular testing, Surgical Pathology, Cytology and Autopsy.
CPS Pathologists on staff are licensed physicians, Board-certified in Anatomic and/or Clinical Pathology, with subspecialty experience, training and certification in Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology, Hematopathology, Obstetric and Gynecological Pathology, Breast Pathology, among others (see Dr. S. E. Bourne, Dr. B. Dipasquale and Dr. R. Khode biographies).
CPS Pathologists have access to nationally recognized consultants experts in their field for difficult and unusual cases. CPS Pathologists undergo rigorous ongoing proficiency testing through a number of programs that continuously test diagnostic skills and measure performance against that of pathologists practicing throughout the country.
CPS Pathologists are required to regularly attend professional society meetings, courses and teleconferences to get up to date on new diagnostic protocols. All CPS Pathologists must enroll in Continuing Medical Education programs administered by our professional societies (CAP, ASCP) and participate in sample surveys of test samples, where their performance is compared to peers across the country. Maintaining CAP accreditation requires CPS Pathologists to participate in peer-reviewed activities and follow approved standards of professional practice (see College of American Pathologists website for more info).
Pathologists have been described as doctor’s doctors, in that they interact constantly with referring physicians on issues related to patient care, interpretation of diagnostic tests and consultation on the most appropriate tests for identifying the disease process. Bridging the gap between basic science and applied medicine, Pathologists are trained and capable to use advanced technical resources to diagnose diseases.