Pen Bay Medical Center earns AABB accreditation
Rockport — Pen Bay Medical Center has been granted AABB accreditation for its transfusion service, according to Dr. Sonja Tomić, medical lab director.
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. By successfully meeting those requirements, Pen Bay joins similar facilities located throughout the United States and around the world that also have earned AABB Accreditation.
"The AABB's accreditation is voluntary," Dr. Tomić explained in a news release. "Pen Bay sought AABB accreditation because this program assists facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety."
The accreditation program assesses the quality and operational systems in place within a facility. The basis for assessment is compliance with AABB standards, Code of Federal Regulations and other federal guidance documents.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has found the AABB accreditation process to provide reasonable assurance that the facilities accredited by it meet or exceed the conditions required by federal law and regulations.
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 association is committed to improving health by developing and delivering standards, accreditation and educational programs and services to optimize patient and donor care and safety.