AUSTIN, TX — St. David’s South Austin Medical Center recently received accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). By demonstrating compliance with the FACT-JACIE (Joint Accreditation Committee-ISCT & EBMT) International Standards for Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing and Administration, St. David’s South Austin Medical Center has earned FACT Accreditation for autologous transplants and apheresis stem cell collection.
FACT is an internationally recognized accrediting body for hospitals and medical institutions offering stem cell transplants. Accreditation indicates St. David’s South Austin Medical Center has met the most rigorous standards in every aspect of stem cell therapy. This covers the entire spectrum of stem cell therapy, from clinical care to donor management, cell collection, processing, storage, transportation, administration and cell release.
“FACT accreditation is an essential qualification of being competitive in the field of cellular therapy,” Carlos R. Bachier, M.D., medical director of the blood and marrow transplant program at St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, said. “St. David’s South Austin Medical Center is dedicated to achieving the highest quality care for patients requiring cellular therapy treatments, and this recognition underscores our commitment.”
FACT accreditation is attained through an evaluation of submitted documentation, as well as an on-site inspection to determine if an organization is in compliance with current FACT standards and the United States Food and Drug Administration’s current rules for Good Tissue Practice. FACT-JACIE Standards are defined by leading experts based on the latest knowledge of the field of cellular therapy.
St. David’s South Austin Medical Center
St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, located at 901 West Ben White Boulevard, is part of St. David’s HealthCare, one of the largest health systems in Texas, which was recognized with a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership—in 2014 and recognized as one of the top 15 health systems in the U.S. by Thomson Reuters in 2012. St. David’s South Austin Medical Center is an acute care facility with 304 beds, offering a range of complex specialties and sub-specialties, including a comprehensive and nationally recognized cardiac program, full-service maternity and newborn care with Level I and II nurseries, a thriving 24-hour emergency department, and two full-service emergency centers in the communities of Bee Cave and Bastrop. The medical center recently completed a comprehensive, $72-million renovation and expansion project. For more information, please visit StDavids.com.
Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT)
In December 1994, the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) merged their standards into a single document covering all aspects of hematopoietic cell therapy (collection, processing and transplantation). The two societies established the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) in order to develop a voluntary Inspection and Accreditation Program based on the joint standards. FACT promotes quality medical and laboratory practice of cellular therapy through its peer-developed standards and voluntary inspection and accreditation program.
The Joint Accreditation Committee–ISCT & EBMT (JACIE), adopted FACT’s standards in the field of cellular therapy and has jointly developed new editions with FACT since 2006, making the standards truly international. JACIE was founded by the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) and the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT), the two leading scientific organizations involved with cellular transplantation in Europe.
Since 2007, FACT accreditation has been used in determining the U.S. News & World Report rankings of transplant centers for the “America’s Best Hospitals” and “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” lists.
The FACT Inspection and Accreditation Program was developed by Phyllis Warkentin, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of FACT; the FACT Board of Directors; as well as the ISCT and ASBMT Regulatory and Standards Committees. The first edition of the FACT standards was published in September 1996, and the first inspections began in September of 1997, resulting in the first program being awarded accreditation in 1998.