Cheryl Gulvin, WCA Medical Laboratory Technician; (far left), Tricia Schuster, Community Blood Bank Mobile Drive Coordinator; Jon Sundholm, WCA Hospital Clinical Laboratory Manager; Bonnie King, WCA Senior Medical Technologist.
WCA Hospital has been awarded an accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) - an international organization that sets the highest standards for blood banks and transfusion services. The hospital's successful accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by a specially trained AABB assessor who evaluates all aspects of the program to be sure it meets the rigorous requirements set by the association.
"The AABB Accreditation is voluntary," said Betsy Wright, WCA Hospital President and CEO. "WCA sought accreditation as this program assists facilities around the country in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance. This is yet another opportunity for us to continually improve our services."
Since 1958, AABB has been engaged in the accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services. Today its Accreditation Program assists blood banks, transfusion services, cellar 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.
"On average, 2,500 units of blood are transfused at WCA, each year," said Bonnie King, Section Supervisor for the WCA Blood Bank. "The elderly are the majority of the people needing blood transfusions at WCA. They tend to receive their care at WCA, because we offer high quality care that is close to home. We encourage blood donors to give to the Community Blood Bank (CBB), because CBB donations come right back to WCA, for those in need."
WCA officials are encouraging people to take the time to donate blood. "We would like to thank our faithful blood donors and encourage others to give generously to the western New York Community Blood Bank," said Betsy Wright. "We really need people to give the gift of life by donating blood."
For information about upcoming Community Blood Bank (CBB) blood drives, call the CBB Office at 814-456-4206 or WCA Hospital Volunteer Office at (716) 664-8388.
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