HMC lab earns AABB accreditation March 2016

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Photo: Pictured are some Hamilton Medical Center associates who were involved in the recent AABB accreditation for Blood Bank Transfusions and Tissue Implantation Services. From left are Tim Winterbottom, RN, Medical Intensive Care Unit; Kenny Lowery, laboratory director; Jorge Oliver, MD, laboratory medical director; Madison Mills, RN, clinical manager of Surgical Services; and Charles Robinette, blood bank supervisor.

DALTON, Ga. (March 10, 2016) – Hamilton Medical Center’s blood bank recently received AABB accreditation for Blood Bank Transfusions and Tissue Implantation Services.

Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB.

The accreditation process not only involves lab personnel, but also other clinical associates throughout the hospital.

“It truly takes us all working together to maintain a program of this caliber,” said Kenny Lowery, laboratory director.

AABB’s accreditation program contributes to the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products.
The program assesses the quality and operational systems in place within a facility.

Established in 1947, AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) is an international, not-for-profit association dedicated to the advancement of
science and the practice of transfusion medicine and related biological therapies.
“The AABB’s accreditation procedures are voluntary,” said Lowery. “It’s important to us to have AABB accreditation because we want to do all we can to ensure quality performance and patient safety.”