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    Mattina R. Proctor Diabetes Center Earns NGSP Level II Laboratory Certification

    6/22/2015
    The Mattina R. Proctor Diabetes Center has successfully completed the NGSP Level II Laboratory certification! In the field of diabetes, practitioners rely heavily on the accurate measurement of hemoglobin A1c results to gauge the effectiveness of diabetes treatment and assess risk for microvascular complications.
    Providers have noticed a significant variation in values between different labs suggesting a need to standardize of the hemoglobin A1c assay. The NGSP (formerly the National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program) recognizes programs which have demonstrated the precision and accuracy of their assay, traceable to the landmark Diabetes Control and Complication Trial (DCCT). Less than 20 laboratories have been certified by the NGSP in the United States, none of which were in the state of Maine, meaning Mercy now has the only NGSP certification in the state. There are less than 200 certified laboratory assays in the world. Our Diabetes Center had a vision and felt an obligation to our patients to ensure the accuracy of the results that are so much a focus of their diabetes treatment. NGSP certification is the standard by which laboratory assays are compared. Mercy Hospital’s Diabetes Center and laboratory are now recognized as having achieved that important benchmark.