Michigan Blood Named as Exclusive Blood Provider for Four New Hospitals in West Michigan
Tuesday, January 10, 2012 at 3:11PM
Laurie Brady - Webmaster

Michigan Blood has been named as the exclusive provider of blood components for South Haven Health System and the Spectrum Health hospitals in Fremont, Greenville and Lakeview as of January 1, 2012.

“We have supplied blood to other Spectrum Health hospitals for some time,” said Mark Palkowski, vice president of technical operations at Michigan Blood. “It is a point of pride for us that Spectrum Health is so pleased with our service that we’re growing our relationship to include Spectrum Health United Hospital, Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial Hospital, and Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital.  With the addition of South Haven Health System as well, the number of hospitals where we help save lives has increased by more than half in the past three years.”

“South Haven Health System has a long-standing commitment to providing excellent care for the South Haven community,” said Joanne Urbanski, President and CEO of South Haven Health System. “Michigan Blood is a natural choice, given their commitment to serving local communities throughout Michigan. Their team will be a great resource in addition to providing for all of our blood needs.”

Michigan Blood now provides the entire blood supply for 35 hospitals across the Lower Peninsula. In the western half of the state, hospitals that are served by Michigan Blood extend from near the Indiana border to the Traverse City area.

Michigan Blood collects more than 110,000 pints of blood from volunteer donors each year. All of those donations are distributed first to Michigan hospitals. While most people associate the need for blood with trauma cases, blood also is needed for patients receiving many other kinds of care, including various surgeries and cancer treatments.  As a result, one out of seven hospitalized requires a blood product.

Hospitals typically partner with a nonprofit blood center, such as Michigan Blood, which collects, tests, stores, and distributes blood. Michigan Blood collects blood from volunteer donors and separates that blood into components such as platelets, plasma and red cells. Like all blood banks, Michigan Blood is regulated by the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

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