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Helen Newberry Joy Hospital Laboratory Received AABB Accreditation

blood being drawn from patient

Newberry, MI — June 29, 2021

Helen Newberry Joy Hospital & Healthcare Center’s Laboratory was recently granted continued Accreditation status from the AABB (formerly known as the America Association of Blood Banks).

According to HNJH Laboratory Director, Mitch Grigg, “Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment of our Laboratory by specially trained AABB assessors. The assessment establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within our facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB,” he continued, “the HNJH Laboratory has successfully continued to achieve AABB accreditation for more than twenty-five years.”

By successfully meeting the AABB requirements, Helen Newberry Joy Hospital joins similar facilities located throughout the United States and around the world that have also earned AABB Accreditation.

“Our facility voluntarily seeks AABB Accreditation. 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,” explained Helen Newberry Joy CEO Hunter Nostrant.

AABB’s Accreditation Program contributes to the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products. 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 AABB Accreditation Program has been recognized by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua). In June of 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) 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, the AABB 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.

The HNJH Laboratory is located at the main entrance at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital & Healthcare Center at 502 W Harrie Street in Newberry. To learn more about the services available through the  HNJH Laboratory, call 906.293.9189, or find us online at hnjh.org. For more information about AABB, find them online at aabb.org.