FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Linda Johnson
WCA Hospital Public Relations
WCA BLOOD BANK EARNS PRESTIGIOUS ACCREDITATION
Jon Sundholm, BS, MT (ASCP), WCA Hospital Clinical Laboratory Manager; Bonnie King, MT (ASCP), Section Supervisor for the WCA Hospital Blood Bank. In back, Cheryl Gulvin, Medical Laboratory Technician. WCA Hospital has been granted Accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks.
Jamestown, New York, Monday, November 10, 2008—WCA Hospital has been granted Accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), according to Betsy T. Wright, WCA Hospital President/CEO. The AABB is an international organization that sets the highest standards for blood banks and transfusion services.
Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and established that the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB. By successfully meting those requirements, WCA Hospital joins approximately 1,800 similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have earned AABB Accreditation.
“The AABB’s Accreditation procedures are voluntary,” Betsy Wright, explained. “WCA Hospital has sought AABB Accreditation because this program assists facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance. As stated in our hospital’s vision, our highest priority is to continuously improve our performance. This accreditation demonstrates our continued pledge to providing quality patient care. We congratulate our medical laboratory staff who participated in this rigorous evaluation.”
Since 1958, AABB has been engaged in the accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services. Today, its Accreditation Program assists blood banks, transfusion services, cellular therapy facilities, relationship testing laboratories, immunohematology reference laboratories and perioperative services in determining whether methods, procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment and the physical plant meet established requirements. The minimum requirements for accreditation are based primarily on a set of specific standards for the area in which accreditation is being sought. These standards not only reflect the level of professional proficiency for blood banks and transfusion services in the United States, but also provide the basis for practice in similar facilities around the world.
“AABB Accreditation is the designation of choice for blood banking,” said Jon Sundholm, BS, MT (ASCP), WCA’s Clinical Lab Manager. “The accreditation is another opportunity for us to continually improve our services and demonstrate our commitment to advanced learning, continuous improvement and innovation, and sustaining the highest possible level of patient and donor care.”
AABB is an international non-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing the field of transfusion medicine and related biological therapies. AABB sets standards, accredits facilities, publishes books and publications and produces educational programs to improve patient and donor safety.
AABB membership comprises independent blood centers, hospital blood banks, transfusion services, HPC facilities, cord blood banks, somatic cell facilities, relationship testing facilities, and Perioperative Services and the dedicated professionals who staff them, in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 80 countries. AABB serves about 1,800 institutions and 8,000 individuals members, including physicians, scientists, administrators, medical technologists, nurses, researchers, blood donor recruiters and public relations personnel.
WCA Hospital of Jamestown is Southwestern New York's largest not-for-profit health care provider, offering an extensive range of inpatient and outpatient acute care and rehabilitation services. WCA is accredited by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and American College of Radiology; and is approved by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer.