The Medical Center of Aurora Earns AABB Accreditation for Transfusion Services

Aurora, CO, June 29, 2011 – The Medical Center of Aurora has been granted AABB accreditation for Transfusion 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. By successfully meeting those requirements, The Medical Center of Aurora joins similar facilities located throughout the United States and around the world that have also earned AABB Accreditation.

“AABB’s Accreditation Program contributes to the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products, “ said Ryan Simpson, Chief Operating Officer at The Medical Center of Aurora/Centennial Medical Plaza. “Our accreditation further proves employee commitment to quality performance, patient safety and ultimately the care and improvement of human life.”

The Accreditation Program assess the quality and operation 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 AABB Accreditation program has been recognized by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). In June 1995, AABB was granted “deemed status” as an accrediting organization under the clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA ’88) program. This granting of “deemed status” indicates that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have 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.

About The Medical Center of Aurora

The Medical Center of Aurora, the first community hospital in the Denver Metro area to receive Magnet Recognition for nursing excellence is an acute care hospital with specialization in cardiovascular services, neurosciences, oncology, surgery and women’s services. The Medical Center of Aurora also has Primary Stroke Certification.

The hospital is a Level II trauma center, serving the eastern metro area and I-70 corridor with emergency care, EMS education and support. Licensed for 346 beds, the facility is located at Interstate 225 and Mississippi in Aurora, Colo., and encompasses Main and North Campus locations along with Centennial Medical Plaza in the southeast metro area. Selected as a "Best Place to Work" by the Denver Business Journal (2010), the hospital and its three campuses are part of the HealthONE System of Excellence.

About AABB

Established in 1947, the 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.