Bronson Battle Creek partnering with Michigan Blood

September 23, 2013

On October 1, Bronson Battle Creek will begin partnering with Michigan Blood for blood supply services for the hospital.


Michigan Blood, a non-profit organization, provides blood supplies to more than 40 hospitals throughout the state.  Bronson Battle Creek joins others in west Michigan including Bronson Methodist and Bronson LakeView hospitals and Borgess Medical Center, Spectrum Health, Mercy Health St. Mary’s, and Metro Health in working with Michigan Blood.  Michigan Blood serves a population across the state in excess of three million, and in southwest Michigan it provides more than 80% of the blood supplied to hospitals.


With more than 58 years of outstanding quality and safety, Michigan Blood is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and Michigan Department of Community Health.  The American Association of Blood Banks also accredits Michigan Blood.


Headquartered in Grand Rapids, and with donor centers in regions throughout the state, the organization’s services are well located to serve west Michigan hospitals.


"We appreciate that Michigan Blood is dedicated exclusively to community blood banking, and in providing blood to area hospitals is its first priority," said Anne Regling, interim CEO of Bronson Battle Creek.  "This ensures that a reliable, safe supply of blood is always available for our patients when they need it."


Michigan Blood is a member of America's Blood Centers, a network of community blood banks in the U.S. 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 unsual blood conditions.  Michigan Blood has two full time medical directors, and there is always one available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, to offer specialty physician consultation for physicians and hospital personnel on all decisions relating 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.


The first of many community blood drives with Michigan Blood is set for Tuesday, November 5, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bronson Battle Creek Outpatient Center, conference rooms 1 & 2.  For more information or to reserve your place in the blood drive, please call (269) 245-8074.