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Middle Tennessee Medical Center earns accreditation for lab services

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – April 5, 2013 – Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) has earned AABB accreditation for its transfusion services.  

Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained assessors and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds the standards set by AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks). By successfully meeting those requirements, MTMC joins similar facilities located throughout the United States and around the world that have earned AABB accreditation. 

“This process was voluntary and we were excited to demonstrate the quality of our services,” said Velvet Bechard, administrative laboratory director for MTMC. “We sought this accreditation to promote a level of professional and technical expertise that contributes to quality performance and patient safety.” 

AABB’s accreditation program contributes to the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products. The program assesses the quality and operational systems in place within the hospital. 

About AABB

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. 

About Middle Tennessee Medical Center

Middle Tennessee Medical Center (MTMC) is a member of Saint Thomas Health, Middle Tennessee’s faith-based, not-for-profit health care system with more than 6,500 associates. Saint Thomas Health is focused on transforming the health care experience and helping people live healthier lives, with special attention to the poor and vulnerable. The regional health system includes – Baptist Hospital, Saint Thomas Hospital and The Hospital for Spinal Surgery in Nashville, Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro and Hickman Community Hospital in Centerville – and a comprehensive network of affiliated joint ventures, medical practices, clinics and rehabilitation facilities. Saint Thomas Health is a member of Ascension Health, a Catholic organization that is the largest not-for-profit health system in the United States For more information, visit or



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