“We Need People to Start Turning Out in Force to Give Blood”

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FDA Urging People to Donate Blood as Coronavirus Fears Intensify By America’s Blood Centers  (Washington, DC – March 12, 2020) – “We need people to start turning out in force to give blood.” That urgent call-to-action coming from Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, as fear about … Read More

Americans Urged to Donate Blood to Maintain Continued Adequacy of Blood Supply as Coronavirus Outbreak Continues

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Bethesda, Md. – As the coronavirus outbreak continues to spread in the United States, the AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism is urging individuals to make and keep donation appointments and organized blood drives to ensure the continued adequacy of the blood supply. It is imperative that healthy individuals donate to minimize disruptions to the … Read More

FDA grants South Texas Blood & Tissue Center first license for new process that triples shelf life of critically needed platelets

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Breakthrough expected to increase availability of platelets for treating cancer patients and active bleeding cases SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) a license to use a new process shown to almost triple the current five-day shelf life of platelets. Platelets are a key blood component constantly … Read More

Houchin Community Blood Bank unveils new Big Red Bus

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via turnto23.com BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Houchin Community Blood Bank is unveiling a new addition to its fleet of buses. “The Big Red Bus” now brings HCBB’s fleet to four vehicles. Houchin said Big Red will allow them to serve more donors and locations throughout Kern County and will be an important part of maintaining the community’s blood supply. “We live … Read More

CBCO gives blood recipients chance to thank donors

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via FourStatesHomePage.com SOUTHWEST MISSOURI — A new program from the CBCO gives blood recipients the chance to say thanks to the blood donor. The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks kicked off a program called, Thank-the-donor a few days ago. It allows transfusion recipients the chance to leave a message for the person who gave them the gift of life. … Read More

Shepeard Community Blood Center holds two ribbon cutting ceremonies in the Lexington/Columbia area

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(Augusta, GA) Shepeard Community Blood Center recently held two ribbon cutting ceremonies in the Lexington/Columbia area in preparation for a proposed new satellite location in Lexington, SC. The first ribbon cutting was held with the Cayce-West Columbia Chamber on Thursday, January 23, where several community members and officials joining the event to eat lunch with the Shepeard staff and donate … Read More

Shepeard Blood Center partners with local veterans group in honor of Veterans Day

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The Shepeard Community Blood Center partnered with ForcesUnited to help local veterans and the community’s blood supply in honor of Veteran’s Day. The blood center will donate $5 to ForcesUnited for every donor who comes into one of its three locations to donate blood or platelets through Monday. Donors need to notify the front desk they are donating for ForcesUnited. … Read More

Houchin blood donor center unveils Wall of Honor

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BY STEVEN MAYER smayer@bakersfield.com Even Houchin Community Blood Bank CEO Brad Bryan hadn’t seen it before Saturday. But he and dozens of guests were clearly pleased as the newly created Veterans Wall of Honor was unveiled to applause — two days before Veterans Day — at Houchin’s Bolthouse Donor Center in southwest Bakersfield. “A month ago we had essentially a blank wall … Read More

Oklahoma Blood Institute Names Kim van Antwerpen Chief Operating Officer

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Oklahoma Blood Institute is proud to announce Kim van Antwerpen as its Chief Operating Officer, a new leadership position for the nation’s sixth largest non-profit blood collector. Since 2004, Ms. van Antwerpen has served as Vice President of Technical Operations at Oklahoma Blood Institute.  During her tenure, she has successfully managed a staff of more than 150 people, and delivered … Read More

Houchin Community Blood Bank in Bakersfield, California joins ACTS

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Houchin Community Blood Bank in Bakersfield, CA has joined eleven other independent blood centers in the Alliance for Community Transfusion Services (ACTS). ACTS was formed in 2010 to strengthen relationships between community blood programs and their local hospitals. “We’re thrilled with the addition of Houchin Community Blood Bank to the ACTS Alliance,” said Nelson Hellwig, Chief Executive Officer of ACTS. … Read More