Houchin Community Blood Bank joins the Alliance for Community Transfusion Services (ACTS)




September 24, 2019 – Houchin Community Blood Bank in Bakersfield, California joins the Alliance for Community Transfusion Services (ACTS) – a group of independent blood centers committed to improving efficiency, operations, and opportunities to best serve donors and patients.


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. “With a history of great community support, and now under Dr. Brad Bryan’s leadership, the organization has become strong, successful, and fully committed to their hospital partners.   We look forward to working with Houchin as we continue to help our blood centers become stronger and more successful in the communities they serve.”


“I am very excited that Houchin Community Blood Bank is now a member of the ACTS Alliance,” said Dr. Bryan, Chief Executive Officer of Houchin.  “As a member of ACTS, we now have the product volume and purchasing advantages of a large blood center, while still keeping the strong community focus that our local donors have always appreciated.”


About Houchin Community Blood Bank

Houchin Community Blood Bank first opened its doors in Bakersfield, California in April 1952.  Since that time, Houchin Community Blood Bank has been the sole supplier of life saving blood to residents of Kern County and beyond.


About the Alliance for Community Transfusion Services

The Alliance for Community Transfusion Services (ACTS) is an alliance of independent blood centers that annually collect, process, and distribute more than 1.5 million blood products to over 750 healthcare facilities and provide various technical services, therapeutic treatments and cellular laboratory operations throughout the United States. Other ACTS members include Carter BloodCare (Dallas/Fort Worth, TX), Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank (Hummelstown, PA), Coastal Bend Blood Center (Corpus Christi, TX), Community Blood Center of the Ozarks (Springfield, MO), LifeShare Blood Center (Shreveport, LA), Oklahoma Blood Institute (Oklahoma City, OK), Shepeard Community Blood Center (Augusta, GA), South Texas Blood and Tissue Center (San Antonio, TX), SunCoast Blood Bank (Sarasota, FL), The Community Blood Center (Appleton, WI) and We Are Blood (Austin, TX).


ACTS members collectively meet challenges of the business environment through shared resources, initiatives, and expertise.  Through this unique collaboration, ACTS members enjoy the economic benefits typically associated with large centralized operations without sacrificing the qualitative benefits of independent, community blood banking.


Houchin Community Blood Bank Media Contact:

Tracy Hunter

(661) 330-6264



ACTS Media Contact:

Nelson Hellwig, MBA

(504) 575-2139





Two Versiti Leaders to Receive President’s Award at AABB Annual Meeting

CONTACT: Fay Spano



Two Versiti Leaders to Receive President’s Award at

AABB Annual Meeting

Dr. Dan Waxman and Susan T. Johnson to be honored on Oct. 20


Milwaukee, Wis. ─ October 3, 2019 – Versiti, Inc., a national leader in blood health innovation, is proud to announce that two of its leaders have been selected to receive the President’s Award at the 2019 AABB Annual Meeting, Oct. 19-22 in San Antonio. This honor recognizes the extraordinary public service and contributions of an individual or an organization in the health care arena. The recipient’s work furthers AABB’s goals and missions.


Dan Waxman, M.D.,Versiti Vice President of Transfusion Medicine Blood Services  and Senior Medical Director of Versiti Blood Center of Indiana, is being honored for more than three decades of service to AABB on a number of board and committee positions including Chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee. “I’ve been so fortunate to work with many dedicated members during my tenure with AABB and am grateful to receive this recognition,” said Waxman.

Dan Waxman, MD  - Versiti

Sue Johnson, Versiti’s Director of Clinical Education and Director of the Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) Program, is receiving the President’s Award for her long-time commitment and service to AABB and as an educator and champion of the SBB certification.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for being a voice of the unsung Medical Laboratory Scientists/Specialists in Blood Banking in the lab who play a critical role in ensuring patients receive the blood they need,” said Johnson.

Susan Johnson - Versiti

On Sunday, Oct. 20, Johnson and Waxman will spotlight their expertise with presentations respectively on Wizardry School of Antigens and Antibodies and “How to Do More with Less? Enhancing Value and Quality of Care with Fewer Resources.” Six other Versiti team members will also present on topics that include managing cellular therapies and proficiency testing.

View the complete list of presentations and times at Versiti.org/AABB Annual Meeting.


Versiti will be located at booth #340 where attendees can stop by for a “meet and greet” with speakers and pick up a pair of colorful Versiti-branded socks. For more information on the conference, visit Versiti.org.


As one of the largest blood providers in the country, Versiti is the primary supplier of blood products to more than 200 hospitals, providing more than one million blood products. Versiti’s seven diagnostic laboratories serve more than 3,400 customers, helping physicians nationwide to provide more customized patient treatment. As the home of the world-renowned Blood Research Institute, Versiti provides a broad range of biomedical research opportunities in cutting-edge facilities designed for basic, translational and clinical research.


About Versiti

Versiti, a national leader in blood health innovation, was formed with the mission to improve the health of patients and enable the success of our healthcare partners nationally.  We provide innovative, value added solutions in the fields of transfusion medicine, transplantation, and blood-related diseases to meet the needs of each of our customers. The collective efforts across Versiti result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care, and cost efficiencies for healthcare systems nationwide.  For more information, visit versiti.org.

The Blood Centers of America (BCA) and Covance announce the renewal of their agreement

The Blood Centers of America (BCA) and Covance announce the renewal of their agreement to work together to advance the development of precision medicines. As part of the agreement, the companies will collaborate to provide sponsors easier access to development solutions, including access to research- and clinical-grade products and manufacturing. >>READ MORE

Teens diagnosed with sickle cell disease meet blood donors helping them survive

Two teenagers surviving sickle cell disease met some of the people helping them do it through blood donation on Wednesday.

They go to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital every four weeks for blood transfusions.


The teens were able to get a better idea of where the blood they receive comes from, and the people who donate the blood now know more about the people they help.



The Community Blood Center Expands to South Side of Chicago



The Community Blood Center Expands to South Side of Chicago

The Community Blood Center announces partnership with

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Network


Appleton, Wis. (Aug. 1, 2019) – The Community Blood Center (CBC), a local non-profit organization supplying life-saving blood and platelets to hospitals in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (U.P.), announced today a partnership with Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network located in Chicago.


Gift of Hope has acquired a new community training center, located on the South Side of Chicago. As part of the development of this new location, CBC will open and operate a blood donation center within the community training center.


The expansion into Chicago creates a benefit for the local communities CBC already serves. By collecting blood and blood products in one of the most diverse cities in the nation, CBC will build capacities and increase competencies necessary to meet the healthcare needs and unique medical conditions of the growing diverse community. This advancement, including enhanced product-to-patient blood matching, will benefit all communities CBC serves, including Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and now Chicago.


The more closely someone is linked in their genes through a common ancestry, the more likely it is to find a blood transfusion match. Diversification of blood donors can help save the lives of those with sickle cell disease, for example, a disorder that requires frequent blood transfusions and impacts African Americans and Hispanics more than Caucasians. Therefore, the more blood donations collected from a diverse population, the more likely CBC will be equipped to provide the best care possible to patients with sickle cell disease.


“Both Gift of Hope and CBC are focused on the gift of life and how the selfless act of blood, platelet, bone marrow, organ and tissue donations can save the lives of those in our communities,” said John Hagins, CEO and President, The Community Blood Center. “The potential impact of this partnership for the Chicagoland area is exciting.”


The blood donation center in Chicago will be CBC’s fifth donation center in the Midwest. CBC will also collect blood through mobile blood drives in the Chicago community.


The Community Blood Center is expected to begin collecting blood in Chicago in 2020.


The Community Blood Center was established in 1955 and continues today as an independent nonprofit providing a safe and reliable blood supply to hospitals in Northeast Wisconsin, the Northwoods and upper Michigan. CBC has donor centers in Appleton, Oshkosh, Little Chute and Woodruff, and hosts over 100 blood drives every month. For more information on blood donation or hosting a blood drive, please visit communityblood.org or call 800-280-4102.


Local Blood Center Honors Military Members and Their Families

GREENVILLE, S.C. & RALEIGH, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As another patriotic holiday approaches, The Blood Connection (TBC) would like to recognize its generous blood donors for stepping up during Memorial Day Weekend. Because of those donors, TBC will be donating more than $7,000 to The Blood Center of America’s (BCA) Special Forces Wounded Warrior Fund. The organization helps families of U.S. Special Forces members deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq who have been wounded in the line of duty. READ MORE >>


Testing Laboratories United was formed to empower four non-profit blood centers to continue to provide the highest quality testing services to the communities and customers they serve. The four non-profit blood centers are: Central California Blood Center (Fresno, CA), Community Blood Center (Appleton, WI), Oklahoma Blood Institute (Oklahoma City, OK), and QualTex Laboratories (San Antonio, TX and Norcoss, GA). Company managers elected Kim van Antwerpen as President and Ward Carter as Secretary.

The community blood centers are gaining economies of scale with their combined testing volumes and taking advantage of efficiencies in processes and best practice sharing within a cohesive, cooperative venture. “It is our mission to continue local, optimal service to our hospital partners, their patients and our communities.” states Kim van Antwerpen. We are excited to partner with three other institutional leaders in our industry to achieve the highest levels of value from our joint testing operations”.

Testing Laboratories United is structured to assist with clinical trials and help bring cutting edge equipment and advanced donor screening assays to market. Multi-center operational deployment opportunities afford a more robust and sophisticated proving ground for product development and refinement. This enabling of innovation holds great promise for improving performance and streamlining operations in this crucial blood safety process.

Testing Laboratories United is also dedicated to keeping blood centers nimble in adapting to the explosion of new cell therapy, personalized medicine, and community health screening opportunities arising for blood centers. This proactive approach will give medical providers in their communities the best chance to be early adopters of new cures and treatments that are fast coming to market.

MaxQ Research Partners with Blood Centers of America to Provide Innovative Blood Transport Systems

STILLWATER (June 4th, 2019) – MaxQ Research LLC is pleased to announce a partnership agreement with Blood Centers of America (BCA) to provide MAXIFY™ technology and cost efficient blood transport packaging systems to its members. As a leader in advanced thermal insulation, lean and efficient pack-outs; MaxQ is revolutionizing the shipping and handling of blood products crucial to the BCA network. READ MORE

BioBridge Global adds two industry leaders to Regenerative Medicine Advisory Board

San Antonio, Texas, May 06, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — BioBridge Global has added two new members to its Regenerative Medicine Advisory Board, a group composed of industry leaders with a wide range of scientific, product development and business experience brought together to support the organization’s continued growth in regenerative medicine. READ MORE