Raritan Bay Medical Center Earns AABB Accreditation

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The accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the medical center meets or exceeds the AABB standards.

Raritan Bay Medical Center, with locations in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy, NJ, has been granted accreditation from the Advancing Transfusion and Cellular Therapies Worldwide organization (AABB) for its laboratory services.

The accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the medical center meets or exceeds the AABB standards. By successfully meeting these requirements, Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) joins similar facilities located throughout the U.S. and around the world.

“The AABB’s accreditation procedures are voluntary,” Dr. Stacey L. Longo, RBMC chair, department of pathology, explained. “We sought AABB accreditation because this program assists facilities in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to high-quality performance and patient safety.” RBMC performed more than 600,000 laboratory procedures in 2012.

The accreditation program promotes the highest standard of care for patients and donors in all aspects of blood banking, transfusion medicine, hematopoietic, cellular and gene therapies, transplantation, and relationship testing. The AABB supports high standards for medical, technical and administrative performance, scientific investigation, clinical application and education. The resulting accreditation program specifically assesses quality systems and operational areas for compliance with standards. The basis for assessment includes compliance with Standards, Code of Federal Regulations and federal guidance documents. This independent assessment of operations assists in preparation for other inspections, and serves as a valuable tool to improve both compliance and operations.

Accreditation is granted for collection, processing, testing, distribution and administration of blood and blood components; hematopoietic progenitor cell activities; cord blood activities; perioperative activities and more.

About Raritan Bay Medical Center
With hospitals in Old Bridge and Perth Amboy Raritan Bay Medical Center (RBMC) is a New Jersey state-designated primary stroke center, a recipient of the American Stroke Association Get with the Guidelines® - Stroke Silver Plus Performance Achievement Award and Heart Failure Gold Performance Achievement Award, recognizing the optimal care of heart failure patients. The hospital is one of less than seven percent of hospitals nationally to achieve re-designation as a Magnet Hospital, recognizing nursing excellence. RBMC is ranked in the top 10 percent of New Jersey hospitals in surgical care according to the 2012 NJ Hospital Performance Report. Among its flagship programs are the Human Motion Institute, a comprehensive musculoskeletal program, and Institute for Weight Loss, specializing in bariatric surgery. For more information, visit rbmc.org.

About AABB
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 health care providers. Members are located in more than 80 countries. For more information, visit http://www.aabb.org.

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