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Sioux Valley Hospital Earns National AABB Accreditation

Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center has been granted accreditation by AABB, the American Association of Blood Banks.

Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center has been granted accreditation by AABB, the American Association of Blood Banks. 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 AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, Sioux Valley Hospital joins approximately 1,800 similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have earned AABB Accreditation. Sioux Valley was specifically recognized for performance in transfusion activities and donor center activities.

"The AABB’s Accreditation procedures are voluntary," says Dr. Keith Anderson, Medical Director of the Laboratory and Blood Bank at Sioux Valley Hospital. "Sioux Valley sought AABB Accreditation because this program assists facilities around the world in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and medical expertise that contributes to quality performance."

With 487 beds, Sioux Valley Hospital USD Medical Center is the largest tertiary hospital in South Dakota, serving as the primary teaching hospital for the Sanford School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. As a full service community-owned hospital, Sioux Valley Hospital provides a full complement of medical and surgical care.

AABB is an international non-profit membership organization that sets standards, accredits facilities, publishes books and publications and produces educational programs to improve patient and donor safety. Since 1958, AABB has been engaged in accreditation of blood banks, and transfusion services. Today its Accreditation Program assists blood banks, transfusion services, cellular therapy facilities, relationship testing laboratories, immunohematology reference laboratories and perioperative services in determining whether methods procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment and the physical plant meet established requirements.