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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 24, 2006

DeGowin Blood Center Earns AABB Accreditation

Leaders of the DeGowin Blood Center in University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics announced today the center has earned accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).

According to Judy Levitt, clinical laboratory manager of the DeGowin Blood Center, and Thomas Raife, M.D., medical director of the DeGowin Blood Center, AABB accreditation is the designation of choice for blood banking, transfusion medicine, blood management and cellular therapies.

Accreditation from AABB demonstrates an organization's commitment to advanced learning, continuous improvement and innovation by striving to sustain the highest possible level of patient and donor care. AABB-accredited organizations are recognized by their peers as leaders in their field and pivotal voices in the dialogue through which consensus-based, voluntary standards are developed and implemented.

Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of medical, technical and administrative performances within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, The DeGowin Blood Center joins approximately 1,700 similar facilities across the United States and abroad that have earned AABB Accreditation.

Since 1958, AABB has been engaged in the accreditation of blood banks and transfusion services. Today, its accreditation program assists blood banks, transfusion services, cellular therapy facilities, parentage testing laboratories, immunohematology reference laboratories and perioperative services in determining whether methods, procedures, personnel knowledge, equipment and the physical plant meet established requirements. The minimum requirements for accreditation are based primarily on a set of specific standards for the area in which accreditation is being sought. 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.

AABB is an international nonprofit membership organization dedicated to advancing the field of transfusion medicine and related biological therapies. AABB sets standards, accredits facilities, publishes books and publications, and produces educational programs to improve patients and donor safety.

The DeGowin Blood Center supplies blood products for UI Hospitals and Clinics' patients. Last year, there were more than 33,000 total transfusions performed at UI Hospitals and Clinics, or an average of nearly 90 every day.

You must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be cold and flu symptom free for five days to donate blood.

The DeGowin Blood Center has one permanent donation site in room C250 General Hospital in UI Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. In addition, the center also conducts mobile blood drives in various locations throughout the area.

Please call 319-356-2058 for more information or to make an appointment to donate. For further information you may also visit the DeGowin Blood Center's Web site at www.uihealthcare.com/bloodcenter.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

STORY SOURCE: Joint Office for Marketing and Communications, University of Iowa Health Care, 200 Hawkins Drive, Room E110 GH, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1009

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Moore, 319-356-3945, thomas-moore@uiowa.edu; Writer: Paula Dayton