Borgess, Bronson and their affiliated hospitals will begin partnering with Michigan Blood for blood supply services, effective in December at Borgess and in January at Bronson.
Michigan Blood, a non-profit organization formerly known as Michigan Community Blood Centers, provides blood supplies to hospitals across the state. The Kalamazoo area hospitals join others including Spectrum Health, St. Mary's Health Care and Metro Health in Grand Rapids, and Lakeland Regional Health system in St. Joseph, in partnering with Michigan Blood. Michigan Blood will now serve a population across the state in excess of two million.
With a 55-year record of outstanding quality and safety, Michigan Blood is licensed by the US Food & Drug Administration and Michigan Department of Community Health. Michigan Blood is also accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks.
Headquartered in Grand Rapids, and with blood distribution centers in GR, St. Joseph and Traverse City, as well as Saginaw, the organization's services are well located to serve west Michigan hospitals.
"As Level I Trauma Centers dedicated to the care of critically ill and injured patients, timely access to blood is essential to our ability to save lives," said Paul Spaude, President & CEO, Borgess Health. "Having a reliable blood supply, supported by two blood distribution centers less than an hour away, is extremely beneficial when time is of the essence."
"We appreciate that Michigan Blood is dedicated exclusively to community blood banking in Michigan, and that providing blood to area hospitals is its first priority," said Bronson President & CEO Frank Sardone. "This ensures that a supply of high quality blood is always available to our patients when they need it."
Michigan Blood is a member of America's Blood Centers, a network of community blood banks in the US that together collect 50% of American's blood supply.
Michigan Blood relies on the public to voluntarily donate blood at local blood drives, so it can provide hospitals with the blood products they need for transfusions.
The organization's services include a Red Cell Reference Lab that helps find compatible blood for patients with rare and unusual blood conditions. Two full-time Michigan Blood medical directors are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to consult with physicians and hospital personnel on all decisions related to blood.
Michigan Blood will also provide access to a Cord Blood Bank and a Marrow/Stem Cell program that recruits and matches marrow/stem-cell donors through international registries.
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