Michigan Blood has been named as the exclusive provider of blood components for West Branch Regional Medical Center as of July 1.
“We are delighted to partner with Michigan Blood,” said Ed Napierala, chief executive officer of West Branch Regional Medical Center. “We believe partnering with Michigan Blood will provide quicker turnaround for both routine and specialty blood products. We are proud to partner with a Michigan-based blood supplier who is committed to serving the needs of Michigan hospitals first.”
Michigan Blood, an independent, nonprofit blood bank, provides blood for hospitals across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.
“It is a point of pride for us that West Branch Regional Medical Center trusts us to provide the blood it relies on to save lives,” said Mark Palkowski, vice president of technical operations at Michigan Blood. “Now that West Branch Regional Medical Center has invited us into the community, Michigan Blood is counting on local residents to help supply the hospital's needs. We need their support to help us save lives.”
Michigan Blood collects 123,000 donations from volunteer blood donors each year, all of which 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. Michigan Blood collects blood from donors and separates that blood into components such as platelets, plasma and red cells. Like all blood banks, Michigan Blood is regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA).
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About Michigan Blood
Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is an independent, nonprofit, blood bank that provides blood for hospitals across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Michigan Blood is committed to serving the needs of Michigan hospitals first. Besides blood donation at permanent donation sites, Michigan Blood conducts more than 3,700 mobile blood drives each year. Other related services include Michigan’s first public cord blood bank, blood stem cell (marrow) program, transfusion medicine consultation, transplant center support, and other services. For more information, visit www.miblood.org.