The Rock River Valley Blood Center (RRVBC) has been granted accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), according to Dr. Roger Hilbert, medical director.
Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of medical, technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by the AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, RRVBC joins approximately 2,000 similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have earned AABB accreditation.
The AABBs accreditation procedures are voluntary, said Hilbert. RRVBC has sought AABB accreditation because this program assists facilities around the country in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance.
RRVBC has been a member of AABB since it was established as a community blood center in 1952. RRVBC has received accreditation since AABB began this process in 1958.
Since 1958, the AABB has been engaged in the accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services. The Accreditation Program assists blood banks and transfusion services in determining whether methods, procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment and the physical plant meet established requirements. The minimum requirements for accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services are based primarily on the AABBs Standards for Blood Banks and Transfusion Services. These standards not only reflect the level of professional proficiency for blood banks and transfusion services in the United States, but also provide the basis for practice in similar facilities around the world.
The Rock River Valley Blood Center is the sole supplier of blood and related services to OSF Saint Anthony, Rockford Memorial, SwedishAmerican, Beloit Memorial, Edgerton Memorial Community, Freeport Health Network, Harvard Memorial, Northwest Suburban Community and Rochelle Community hospitals. Community-minded volunteers donate virtually all of this countrys supply of blood for transfusion.