Piedmont, SC (March 7, 2016) – The Blood Connection and Shriners Hospitals for Children—Greenville have announced a new service partnership. Before a patient receives a life-saving blood transfusion, a routine series of laboratory tests determine patient and donor compatibility. Previously, Greenville Shriners Hospital, like many hospitals, performed these tests on-site and used TBC’s Immunohematology Reference Laboratory for research as needed to resolve incompatibilities. Now, all transfusion services for the hospital will be performed by TBC’s Reference Laboratory.
“Last summer, we began working with TBC on a plan to support the hospital’s transfusion needs,” said Administrator Randy Romberger. “TBC has long been our supplier of blood products and we realized it made sense to access the vast testing and reference resources offered through its Biologics Processing Center. Combining these services will give us new efficiencies that support and enhance our high standard of patient care.”
Each time a patient needs a blood transfusion, a series of standard tests decreases the risk of a transfusion reaction. Blood typing is the first step and this determines whether a patient has A, AB, B or O-type blood. This is followed by another test that determines a patient’s Rh type, either negative or positive, so that a compatible donation from a blood donor can be selected. Cross matching is the final step, where a sample of a donor’s blood is combined with a patient’s blood and observed for compatibility.
“TBC has always served as the supplier for blood products at Shriners Hospitals for Children, but compatibility testing was performed by hospital staff,” said TBC President and CEO Delisa English. “This is the first time TBC has partnered with a hospital to provide all of these transfusion services and it’s a natural progression of services. We’re pleased to be able to provide this biomedical solution.”
About The Blood Connection
Founded in 1979 in Greenville, SC, The Blood Connection (TBC) is the largest independently managed, non-profit community blood center in the region. It recruits donors and collects blood within an 8,390 square mile area of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. In South Carolina, TBC supports Greenville, Spartanburg, Union, Pickens, Oconee, Greenwood, McCormick, Laurens, and Newberry Counties. In Georgia, TBC supports Stephens County. In 2011, The Blood Connection expanded into Western North Carolina and now serves Polk, Buncombe, Transylvania, McDowell, Macon and Henderson Counties.
Licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, TBC collects blood from donors through bloodmobiles, portable field units, and fixed donation sites. It holds approximately twelve blood drives every day and collects over 120,000 units of blood, platelets and plasma each year to connect volunteer blood donors, hospitals, and patients needing life-saving transfusions. For more information, visit thebloodconnection.org.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children—Greenville
Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville provides specialty orthopedic care and services, regardless of ability to pay. Children up to age 18 are eligible for care at Shriners Hospitals for Children if, in the opinion of our physicians, there is a reasonable possibility the child can benefit from the specialized services available. Acceptance is based solely on a child’s medical needs. For more information, visit www.GreenvilleShrinersHospital.org.
Ward Carter has held various roles at Abbott Laboratories
SAN ANTONIO – Health care industry veteran Edward (Ward) Carter has been named the new chief operating officer for QualTex Laboratories, effective immediately.
He will replace Dirk Johnson, who announced his departure late last year. Johnson will stay with QualTex through March to assist with the transition.
Carter was selected after a nationwide search, said Linda Myers, chief executive officer of BioBridge Global, parent organization of QualTex Laboratories.
“Ward has been intensively customer-focused throughout his career, building relationships with businesses from coast to coast,” Myers said. “He is closely aligned with our commitment to increasing our levels of customer service across the organization.”
Carter, a graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, worked for more than 30 years in the diagnostics division at Abbott Laboratories. His most recent position was as director of strategic products, inventory manager at Abbott Diagnostics Division U.S. commercialization.
His roles at Abbott Laboratories included extensive work with QualTex Laboratories, in various roles. He started with Abbott in sales 1984, and in 2011 he received the company’s Chairman’s Award, the highest the company bestows on its employees.
“I am thrilled to be joining an organization like BioBridge Global and QualTex Labs,” Carter said. “We’re poised for significant growth throughout the enterprise, and especially in QualTex.”
QualTex Laboratories is one of the largest independent nonprofit testing centers in the United States, performing advanced testing services for blood, plasma and tissue donations, as well as reference testing and clinical research.
With laboratories in San Antonio and Norcross, Ga., QualTex tests millions of samples for clients around the world every year.
About QualTex Laboratories: QualTex Laboratories is a nonprofit affiliate of BioBridge Global that provides state-of-the-art biologic testing services on whole blood, plasma and human cells, tissue, and cellular- and tissue-based products (HCT/P) for its global biotechnology and biopharmaceutical customers. It’s one of the nation’s largest nonprofit testing laboratories and has locations in Texas and Georgia. Visit us at qualtexlabs.org.
About BioBridge Global: BioBridge Global (BBG) is a San Antonio, Texas-based nonprofit corporation that offers diverse services through its subsidiaries – the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, QualTex Laboratories, GenCure and the Blood & Tissue Center Foundation. BBG provides products and services in blood resource management, cellular therapy, donated umbilical cord blood and human tissue as well as testing of blood, plasma and tissue products for clients in the United States and worldwide. BBG is rooted in the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, which has a proud history of serving the South Texas region and beyond for more than 40 years. BBG is committed to supporting groundbreaking research, addressing unmet clinical needs and enabling the development and commercialization of novel biotechnology products. Visit us at www.biobridgeglobal.org.
Shreveport, La. – LifeShare Blood Centers, headquartered in Shreveport, La., has named Chad A. Douglas as Chief Executive Officer.
Chad A. Douglas
Douglas most recently held the position of Executive Director of Blood Operations at LifeSource in Chicago, Ill., an affiliate of the Institute of Transfusion Medicine, where he was responsible for the collection of almost 500,000 components annually, recruitment, manufacturing, and distribution. With a focus on lean processing and strong teams, Douglas has a proven track record of increasing collections while improving operational efficiencies.
In addition to the knowledge he brings from serving in leadership positions in the blood banking industry for more than 15 years, Douglas holds a Masters of Health Administration from the University of Central Florida, Orlando, Fla. and has served in the U.S. Air Force.
LifeShare Blood Centers regularly supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. Founded in Shreveport, La. in 1942, where its headquarters remains, it is a nonprofit community service provider governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and accredited by AABB.
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center launches Platelet Power campaign to address ongoing need
SAN ANTONIO – Every day of the year, people need the blood component known as platelets.
Platelets are vital in the treatment of traumatic injuries, since their main function is stopping leaks in the bloodstream. Cancer patients need them, since their bodies often cannot produce enough platelets, and so do people undergoing certain types of surgery.
The problem is that platelets have a very short shelf life, just five days. That means they’re always in high demand, which is with the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) has launched a campaign to educate the public about platelets and encourage donations.
“Platelet Power” includes the release of a series of informational videos about platelets. The videos are in a playlist on the YouTube channel for BioBridge Global, the parent organization of the STBTC. Read more
In a first-of-its-kind pilot, the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) is launching a program to enable community volunteers to participate in genomics research. The objective of the pilot program is to develop a model for population-scale research that is truly participant-centric and cultivates long-term participant engagement for maximum diversity and research potential with the ultimate goal of improving human health. The goal of the pilot program is also ultimately aligned with the goal of enabling volunteers to participate in the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), which was announced by President Obama in his 2015 State of the Union Address. The PMI is intended “to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes – and to give all of us access to the personalized information we need to keep ourselves and our families healthier.”
Charlie Miraglia, M.D. Announced as New CEO of Indiana Blood Center
Prominent healthcare executive set to become new leader for non-profit’s new era
Indianapolis, Ind. (October 12, 2015) – Charles C. Miraglia, M.D., a prominent healthcare executive, has been named the new president and CEO of Indiana Blood Center, a part of Versiti, the state’s largest independent blood provider and preeminent experts on transfusion medicine serving hospitals throughout Indiana and the Midwest.
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BBD Produces INTERCEPT Pathogen Reduced Platelet Units
Newark, DE – The Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) announced today the production of pathogen reduced platelets. BBD was the first blood center to sign an agreement with Cerus Corporation following the FDA approval received for the INTERCEPT Blood System for platelets and plasma in December 2014. BBD provides blood transfusion products and services to hospitals and patients in the Delmarva region which includes the State of Delaware, Maryland, as well as portions of the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. BBD supplies approximately 13,000 platelet and 21,000 plasma units per year.
The INTERCEPT Blood System is designed to reduce the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections by inactivating a broad range of pathogens such as viruses, bacteria and parasites that may be present in donated blood. The nucleic acid targeting mechanism of action of the INTERCEPT treatment is designed to inactivate established transfusion threats, such as hepatitis B and C, HIV, West Nile virus and bacteria, as well as emerging pathogens such as Chikungunya, Malaria and Dengue. “I am pleased that BBD is able to offer pathogen reduced platelets to our hospitals and their patients. This product provides a greater level of safety by lowering the risk for transfusion-transmitted infections,” says Chris Nare, Lead Executive of Laboratory Services and Distribution at BBD.
The implementation of the INTERCEPT Blood System aligns with BBD’s mission of providing safe and effective blood products that best serve the local hospital and patient community. “The INTERCEPT product closely aligns with our vision of being a Best in Class Blood Bank and Community Partner. Offering pathogen reduced platelets to the hospitals we serve is a major milestone of our ongoing focus on innovation that supports patient wellbeing,” states Roy Roper, President and Chief Executive Officer of BBD.
About Blood Bank of Delmarva
The Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD) is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) community service organization which provides blood transfusion products and services for hospitals within the Delmarva region which includes Delaware as well as Maryland. BBD supplies approximately 75,000 red cell, 13,000 platelet, and 21,000 plasma units per year. For over 60 years, Blood Bank of Delmarva has ensured a safe and continuous supply of blood to meet the needs of over 20,000 patients annually. In addition to blood provisioning, BBD operates a full service regional laboratory providing donor testing and patient reference laboratory services for other blood collection centers and hospitals. BBD is FDA licensed, a member of America’s Blood Centers, and accredited by AABB.
For more information about the Blood Bank or to schedule an appointment, visit www.DelmarvaBlood.org or call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8.
INTERCEPT and the INTERCEPT Blood System are trademarks of Cerus Corporation.
Sacramento, CA – BloodSource today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Rob Van Tuyle as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), succeeding former CEO Mike Fuller who recently retired.
“Rob is a highly respected leader in the national and global blood banking community through his involvement with various industry associations and international plasma programs,” said Michael Lucien, MD and Chair of the BloodSource Board of Directors. “As the healthcare industry evolves at a rapid pace, we are confident that Rob’s vision will help BloodSource continue to grow and increase its positive impact on the lives of many patients.”
Rob joined BloodSource as Chief Financial Officer in 2010, and was named President of BloodSource in 2014. Van Tuyle has extensive experience in financial management, strategic planning and operations. In 2012, Sacramento Business Journal named him ‘CFO of the Year.’ Additionally, Rob serves on the Board of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce.
“BloodSource makes a tremendous difference for many patients and their families within our communities and around the world,” said Van Tuyle. “It all starts with the generosity of our donors who truly give of themselves to help save lives. I am very honored to lead this remarkable organization.”
Prior to BloodSource, Rob served as an auditor for Ernst & Young in Palo Alto, CA for 10 years, and later as CFO for a number of venture-backed, technology companies located in the Sacramento area including SynapSense Corporation, Sierra Logic and ShareWave. Rob represents BloodSource as a member of the board and executive committee member of Blood Centers of America (BCA) and is chairman of the plasma committee with BCA. Rob received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from the University of Santa Clara and is a certified public accountant in the state of California.
Established in 1948 as a not-for-profit community blood bank, BloodSource serves a population of over 5 million and provides blood and medical expertise to over 40 hospitals in the Northern and Central California regions. With 15 BloodSource Donor Centers and over 2,200 mobile drives annually, BloodSource relies on volunteer donors, chairpeople and volunteers to ensure that community blood needs are always met. Together, we do save lives.
Approach provides comprehensive genetic diagnosis for patients with rare genetic bleeding disorders
MILWAUKEE, July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Diagnostic Laboratories, part of Versiti™, today announced the availability of genetic deletion/duplication analysis. Using array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH), this test provides timely detection of deletions and/or duplications which may escape detection with standard DNA sequencing tests. BloodCenter pairs deep clinical hematology expertise with leading edge technology in genomic medicine to provide physicians comprehensive analyses for patients with rare bleeding disorders such as hemophilia or von Willebrand disease.
BloodCenter’s test allows for the detection of deletions and duplications within a given gene, whether within a single exon, encompassing one or more exons, or the entire gene.
“BloodCenter of Wisconsin is well known for its expertise in non-malignant blood disorders,” says Rupa Udani, director of BloodCenter’s molecular diagnostics laboratory. “We now are able to determine the underlying genetic cause of hematologic disease for patients, which was previously not possible using DNA sequencing alone.”
Clinical consultation with follow-up testing recommendations for patients and at-risk family members
Genetic consultation to physicians to ensure appropriate testing algorithm
Because BloodCenter has the ability to interpret aCGH test results with sequencing results, we can provide physicians with a comprehensive genetic analysis to enhance patient care. Visit our website to view the test description.
BloodCenter’s Diagnostic Laboratories help physicians provide clinical care to patients worldwide, fostering better understanding and treatment options for patients with difficult-to-diagnose diseases. In addition, the laboratories collaborate with other institutions and industry partners to bring new diagnostic testing and treatment options to patient care.
About BloodCenter of Wisconsin BloodCenter of Wisconsin, part of Versiti, is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in blood services, diagnostic testing, organ, tissue and marrow donation, medical services and leading-edge research. BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the only provider of blood to hospitals in 29 Wisconsin counties as well as providing support to hospitals and patients across the country. BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. For more information, visit www.bcw.edu.
About Versiti Versiti was formed with the mission to improve the health of patients and enable the success of its 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 of Versiti affiliates result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care and cost efficiencies for healthcare systems nationwide. For more information, visit www.versiti.org.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (June 15, 2015) – Jim Wilson has been appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO) for Michigan Blood. As COO, Wilson will be responsible for leadership of all aspects of operations including blood collection, donor safety and specialty testing, component preparation, product inventory management, order fulfillment and distribution, facilities management, and equipment and vehicle support services.
Wilson comes to Michigan Blood with extensive experience in a variety of senior healthcare leadership roles, most recently as Chief Operating Officer at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Institute in Grand Rapids. Prior to Mary Free Bed, Wilson was President of Blodgett Hospital and Vice President of Operations at Spectrum Health. Wilson also held a variety of senior leadership roles, including CEO, at hospitals in Long Island, NY.
Wilson earned his M.A. in Health Care Administration, The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., and a B.A. in Economics from The University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Wilson has been an active civic and community member. He currently is a member and Former Chair of the Catholic Central High School Development Council, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids Investment Advisory Committee / Charitable Trustees, and a member of the Finance Council for St. Robert of New Minster Parish in Ada.
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.