In this session, the AATB Accreditation Team will provide an in depth discussion of the process for new and renewing banks to effectively apply for AATB accreditation. Our goal is to provide a clear picture of how this process flows and the methodology used to process applications and how the accreditation committee provides a peer review approach to determining if a bank has established effective quality systems.
Speakers: Beverly Bliss, BS, MBA, CTBS, Valerie Cruz, RN, CTBS and Michelle Lewis, BA, ASQ, CBA, RAC, CTBS
Date: March 11, 2019
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EST
Beverly Bliss, BS, MBA, CTBS is the Vice President of Accreditation & Standards at AATB overseeing the Accreditation and Standards functions for the association. Beverly participates in the Tissue Processing Group, serves as the primary liaison for the Processing and Distribution Council and leads key projects for regulatory and quality improvements as directed by external requirements and member inputs. Prior to joining AATB this past October, she had a 25-year career with the American Red Cross Biomedical Tissue Division overseeing the operations for the national tissue recovery, processing and distribution program. She served 12 years as Vice President of RTI Donor Services responsible for the operational activities of the donor program, from screening through release, working together with organ and tissue recovery agencies throughout the United States. She has also worked in research laboratories focused on identifying methodologies to extract DNA from human tissues and utilize that information to support medico-legal processes in forensics and family identifications. She is a founding member and Chair of Gift of Life Trust Fund SC that established charitable support for patients awaiting organ transplants and provided free educational platforms for state agencies and medical/nursing schools in the state. She has been an active member of the donation and transplantation community since 1988.
Valerie Cruz, RN, CTBS is the Accreditation Manager for AATB supporting the accreditation application process, inspection scheduling, post accreditation documentation and is the primary liaison for the Quality Council of AATB. Valerie leads the project to automate the inspection and accreditation process and will champion the launch of the Armature e-inspection system in 2019. Valerie joined the association in 2018 from one of our accredited OPO/tissue banks but has experience across a wide biomedical band. She has worked in large NYC medical centers including responsibility for The Joint Commission and NYS Department of Health surveys for medical center accreditations. She also has worked with families and clinical management of donors in the organ and tissue sector. She is honored to have worked with Dr. James Watson, The Royal Family of England and five former First Ladies in various capacities gaining invaluable experience in the international sector which continues to grow as a group of accredited banks.
Michelle Lewis, BA, ASQ, CBA, RAC, CTBS is the Accreditation Assessment Manager for AATB providing post inspection support for CAPA responses and inspection reports; serves as the primary liaison with the Accreditation Committee and the Non-Transplant Anatomical Donation Council; key member of Standards Committee and helps drive policy changes within the Accreditation and Standards department. Michelle came to the association after many years building her expertise in the field of regulatory compliance and auditing. She was a quality systems auditor for 19 years in biologics, drugs, medical devices, and HCT/P's. She has worked for Baxter International as a quality auditor and quality management representative in the BioScience division, Synthes as a Regulatory Compliance Auditor, and AlloSource as the QA Auditor-Analyst.