MARTINSBURG, W.Va. – WVU Medicine Berkeley Medical Center has been granted the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) accreditation for its Blood Bank Transfusion service.

This accreditation announcement follows an intensive on-site survey 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 these requirements, Berkeley Medical Center joins similar facilities located throughout the United States and around the world that have earned AABB accreditation.

AABB accreditation is voluntary, and Berkeley Medical Center has sought accreditation because this program assists facilities in achieving excellence by promoting a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety.

“Congratulations to Barb Bladen and the Blood Bank team on their successful AABB on-site survey. The AABB standards are the highest that can be achieved by Blood Banks,” Sherry Baker, system director of laboratories for WVU Medicine University Healthcare, said. “This great performance demonstrates the attention to detail, dedication of the staff, and the quest for excellence seen in our Blood Bank at Berkeley Medical Center.”

The AABB Accreditation Program has been recognized by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has found the AABB accreditation process provides reasonable assurance that the facilities accredited by it meet or exceed conditions required by federal law and regulations.

AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the field of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. Membership consists of nearly 2,000 institutions in more than 80 countries. For more information, please visit

For more information: Teresa E. McCabe, University Healthcare Vice President of Marketing and Development, 304-264-1223