October 8, 2010 - Harris, N.Y. - The Catskill Regional Medical Center (CRMC) Blood Donor Center has been awarded accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB), based on a recent survey. 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 the standards set by AABB. By successfully meeting those requirements, CRMC joins similar facilities located throughout the country and around the world that have also earned AABB accreditation. AABB's accreditation program contributes to the quality and safety of collecting, processing, testing, distributing and administering blood and cellular therapy products. The CRMC Blood Donor Center was also recently awarded the Life Share Platinum Level Achievement Award from the American Red Cross for outstanding employee participation in 2009 blood drive donations. CRMC hosts monthly blood drives in collaboration with the American Red Cross and sponsors its own fundraiser, 'Dracula's Pub,' every Halloween to raise money for the hospital's Outpatient Oncology Fund. For more information on the CRMC Blood Donor Center, please visit www.crmcny.org or call 794-3300 extension 2269.