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Release Date: 10/17/2013

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, has been granted AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) accreditation for transfusion services provided by the hospital’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

Accreditation follows an intensive on-site assessment by specially trained AABB assessors and establishes that the level of technical and administrative performance within the facility meets or exceeds standards set by AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, Women & Infants joins similar facilities throughout the U.S. and around the world that also have earned AABB accreditation.

Care New England Executive Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine W. Dwayne Lawrence, MD, MSc (Path), was advised of this national recognition and congratulated for the excellence of the services being provided and the helpfulness of the staff.

“When you use Women & Infants for laboratory and transfusion services, you draw on the expertise and resources of one of the nation's leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns,” said Dr. Lawrence. “Our attending pathologists, laboratory managers, medical and histology technologists and technicians, and other staff members who deliver services to patients and other physicians have a specialized focus and depth of experience in diseases of women and children. Indeed, this AABB accreditation gives further assurance of the excellence of the services that we provide.”

Women & Infants Hospital offers a full complement of laboratory services, both routine and specialized testing related to women’s and infants’ health. The hospital has extensive testing capabilities in such areas as: AFP/endocrinology, gynecologic and breast surgical pathology, perinatal/pediatric pathology, cytogenetics, cytopathology, flow cytometry, and clinical laboratory services including chemistry, serology, transfusion medicine, molecular genetics/DNA, and serology.

About Women & Infants Hospital

Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England hospital, is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. A major teaching affiliate of The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, as well as a number of specialized programs in women’s medicine, Women & Infants is the 12th largest stand-alone obstetrical service in the country and the largest in New England with approximately 8,500 deliveries per year. A Designated Baby-Friendly® USA hospital, U.S.News & World Report 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospital in Neonatology and a 2014 Leapfrog Top Hospital, in 2009 Women & Infants opened what was at the time the country’s largest, single-family room neonatal intensive care unit.

Women & Infants and Brown offer fellowship programs in gynecologic oncology, maternal-fetal medicine, urogynecology and reconstructive pelvic surgery, neonatal-perinatal medicine, pediatric and perinatal pathology, gynecologic pathology and cytopathology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. It is home to the nation’s first mother-baby perinatal psychiatric partial hospital, as well as the nation’s only fellowship program in obstetric medicine.

Women & Infants has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiography; a Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology; a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and a Neonatal Resource Services Center of Excellence. It is one of the largest and most prestigious research facilities in high risk and normal obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics in the nation, and is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Gynecologic Oncology Group and the Pelvic Floor Disorders Network.
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