Williamson Medical Center Awarded Patient Blood Management Certification from The Joint Commission and AABB

The Joint Commission Gold SealFRANKLIN, Tenn. — Williamson Medical Center has received Patient Blood Management Certification from The Joint Commission and AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks), making it one of four hospitals in the nation to achieve this status. The certification, awarded for a two-year period, recognizes Williamson Medical Center’s evidence-based, patient-centered approach to optimizing care for patients who may need a blood transfusion. The certification is based on the AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program to help hospitals establish a comprehensive patient blood management program.

Blood transfusion is one of the most common procedures performed during hospitalization. To elevate its blood management program through certification, the health system underwent a rigorous onsite review on June 12, 2018.  During the review, Joint Commission and AABB experts jointly evaluated compliance with patient blood management certification standards.

“We are very proud to receive Patient Blood Management Certification from The Joint Commission and AABB,” said Patti Walton, Director of Laboratory Services at Williamson Medical Center. “This achievement demonstrates our commitment to patient safety and quality of care for patients receiving a blood transfusion. Williamson Medical Center is committed to being on the forefront of medicine and we look forward to continuing to improve our patient-centered blood management programs and services.”

“On behalf of The Joint Commission, I congratulate Williamson Medical Center for earning Patient Blood Management Certification,” said Heather Hurley, executive director, Laboratory Accreditation Program, The Joint Commission. “This recognition shows the hard work of the entire team at Williamson Medical Center to focus on reducing risk and improving outcomes for blood transfusion patients.”

The voluntary certification encompasses all aspects of patient evaluation and clinical management surrounding the transfusion decision-making process. It also can reduce the need for unnecessary transfusions, improve patient outcomes, and reduce patients’ length of stay and readmissions.

For more information on Patient Blood Management Certification, visit The Joint Commission website.

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About Williamson Medical Center

Williamson Medical Center offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services, 24-hour emergency care, preventive health screenings and wellness activities. Services offered by Williamson Medical Center are developed to provide the most cost-effective, convenient and accessible health care possible. More than 750 providers represent over 70 medical specialties and sub-specialties. The caliber of physicians and care at Williamson Medical Center continues to advance the way healthcare is delivered to our region with compassion and convenience unique to WMC. Our campus also houses Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at Williamson Medical Center, which provides pediatric emergent and inpatient care. With our fully equipped pediatric rooms, we are able to provide dedicated, focused, and specific care to the children of our communities as well as their parents. For more information visit www.williamsonmedicalcenter.org.

About The Joint Commission

Founded in 1951, The Joint Commission seeks to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. The Joint Commission accredits and certifies more than 21,000 health care organizations and programs in the United States. An independent, nonprofit organization, The Joint Commission is the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. Learn more about The Joint Commission at www.jointcommission.org.

About AABB

AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership includes physicians, nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. AABB members are located in more than 80 countries and AABB accredits institutions in more than 50 countries. Learn more about AABB at www.aabb.org.

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