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Florida Tissue Services Receives National Accreditation
Date:2/19/2008

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., Feb. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Florida Tissue Services, a subsidiary of LifeNet Health receives its accreditation from the American Association of Tissue Banks (AATB).

AATB inspectors examined Florida Tissue Services for compliance with all aspects of the Association's Standards and policies, including record-keeping, quality control, quality assurance, donor screening, testing and suitability determinations. Tissue banks receive accreditation from the AATB for retrieval, processing, storage, and/or distribution of tissue. An independent review was done at Florida Tissue Services to review their standard operating procedures (SOPs) and conduct an on-site inspection of their facilities and operations.

Darice Langham, Executive Director and founder of Florida Tissue Services, states "Our AATB accreditation shows the caliber of our dedicated staff and our commitment to restoring health. We strive to achieve the highest standards possible and give back to the community."

The AATB initiated an Accreditation Program for tissue banks in 1986. LifeNet Health has maintained the longest running accreditation in the U.S. AATB accreditation is based on the Standards and policies developed by the Association.

"Florida Tissue Services provides an important service to the residents of Northern Florida. Their work is critical with LifeNet Health and we are honored that they received their AATB accreditation," says Mike Plew, Vice President of Quality and Regulatory Compliance, LifeNet Health.

Florida Tissue Services is a fully owned subsidiary dedicated to the recovery of tissue in Northern Florida, improving the awareness of tissue donation and educating the public about donation in the Northern Florida Community.

Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia, LifeNet Health, Inc., is a leading biomedical alloengineering organization and organ and tissue donation agency whose mission is saving lives and restoring health. LifeNet Health distributes more than 250,000 life-enhancing biomedical implants each year to patients around the world.

For more information about LifeNet Health and Florida Tissue Services visit http://www.lifenethealth.org and http://www.floridatissueservices.org.


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