Date: 7/10/2012

Hospital Laboratories earn Blood Bank Accreditation

The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) has awarded full accreditation to the laboratories of Community Healthcare System. Valid for a two-year period, the accreditation is effective January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013.

Hospital laboratories part of the review process for Community Healthcare System include Community Hospital in Munster; St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart. The hospitals voluntarily seek accreditations from professional organizations, such as the AABB, to ensure that they are following nationally-recognized practices to deliver quality care.

AABB’s accreditation program strives to improve the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and blood products by assessing the quality and operational systems in place within a facility. The basis for assessment includes compliance with Standards, Code of Federal Regulations and federal guidance documents.

“By striving to deliver services using best practices, our hospitals are working to continually improve safety, prevent adverse events, improve performance, and exceed our patients’ expectations,” said John Gorski, Chief Operating Officer of Community Healthcare System.

According to AABB, approximately 30 million blood components are transfused annually in the United States. Blood transfusions are a critical component in the treatment of patients with serious medical conditions, from cancer to major surgery, as well as accident and trauma victims. One in 10 individuals admitted to the hospital require a transfusion. People typically receive transfusions of red blood cells, platelets or plasma, with red blood cells representing the most frequently needed blood component.

AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership consists of nearly 2,000 institutions and 8,000 individuals, including physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other healthcare providers. Members are located in more than 80 countries.

To learn more about blood donation, visit The American Association of Blood Banks.

For a complete listing of accreditations, quality awards and patient safety designations earned by the hospitals of Community Healthcare System, visit our quality awards page.