Mary Beth Bassett, BS, MT(ASCP)
Blood Systems Inc.
Since 1996, Mary Beth Bassett, BS, MT(ASCP), has served as executive vice president and chief quality officer at Blood Systems Inc. in Scottsdale, Ariz. In this role, she is responsible for the development and execution of quality and regulatory programs for United Blood Services, Blood Centers of the Pacific, Inland Northwest Blood Center, Blood Systems Laboratory Clinical Services and Creative Testing Solutions. The quality program was instrumental in Blood Systems' successful release from its consent decree in 2003. In addition, Bassett directs the performance improvement program — Lean Six Sigma — for Blood Systems as well as directs the organization's quality consulting service, Quality Source.
Before assuming this position, she served as the chief executive officer of the national testing laboratory at the American Red Cross in St. Louis, where she had management oversight of testing operations for more than 800,000 collections. Prior to that position, Bassett served as director of the HLA/transplant laboratory and as the director of quality assurance and compliance officer at the American Red Cross Missouri-Illinois Blood Services Region. During her tenure with the American Red Cross, she also served in the capacity of acting national director of quality assurance in Washington, D.C., where she designed and implemented quality assurance programs. Previously, she was the president and CEO for Gateway Community Blood Program in St. Louis.
Bassett has served on numerous committees for AABB, including the Annual Meeting Education Program Unit (chair of quality/education track), Donor Center Accreditation Program Unit, Donor History Task Force and many more. From 2008 to 2012 she served as a member of the AABB Board of Directors. During her tenure, she served on many AABB board committees, including chair of the Bylaws, Finance and Human Resources committees, as well as a member of special task forces. She recently was a member of the AABB CEO Search Committee.
Currently, Bassett chairs the annual "FDA and Current Issues in Blood Banking" Pharma conference. She also assisted in the development of the first "Improving Manufacturing Practices and Quality" training program for members of America's Blood Centers. In addition to industry committees, she has served on fundraising committees for the Arizona Teach for America Board of Directors as well as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
Bassett is a national and international speaker in the area of quality. She spoke on quality related topics at the International Congress of Saudi Society of Hematology held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as well as presented the US Regulatory History in Shanghai to Chinese blood center leadership.
She received the AABB Hemphill-Jordan Leadership Award in 2011 in recognition of "her dedication and outstanding leadership in the quality and compliance area and for her willingness to freely share her expertise with others." In 2013, she received the Administrative Award Lecturer from the South Central Association of Blood Banks.
Bassett's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology from South Dakota State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology from St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
Specialty Areas: Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine; Quality Management/Assurance; Regulatory Compliance; Administration
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