BloodCenter to form strategic alliance with Indiana Blood Center


Indiana becomes fourth affiliate of national blood center alliance

Milwaukee, Wis., -- November 14, 2014 –  BloodCenter of Wisconsin (BCW) today announced that Indiana Blood Center, headquartered in Indianapolis, will become a new affiliate of the Centers for Transfusion and Transplant Medicine (CTTM) effective January 1, 2015. Established in 1952, Indiana Blood Center is the largest independent blood center in Indiana. 
 

CTTM was founded in 2012 by BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Heartland Blood Centers, serving greater Chicago-land. Michigan Blood became the third affiliate in 2014. 
 

As a national organization of affiliated blood centers, CTTM provides transfusion and transplant medicine solutions, diagnostic lab services, medical and scientific expertise and cellular therapies. The collective efforts of CTTM affiliates have resulted in improved patient outcomes, higher quality services and reduced cost of care for healthcare systems both regionally and nationally. 
 

“In an era of unprecedented change in healthcare, there is significant opportunity for blood centers to work closely with our hospital partners to meet their needs,” said Jacquelyn Fredrick, president and CEO of CTTM, and CEO of BloodCenter of Wisconsin. “With outstanding blood service organizations such as Indiana Blood Center, who share our values and life-saving mission, we can provide even greater value to healthcare systems in our communities and across the country.”


As a part of the alliance, Indiana Blood will be locally operated with a separate Board of Directors, retaining their local identity and staying closely connected to the Indiana communities it serves.
 

“This is a transitional and positive step for Indiana Blood,” said Byron Buhner, president and CEO.  “As an affiliate of CTTM, we’ll be able to thrive in a new era of healthcare, and offer a broader range of services to our hospital partners.”
 

“This alliance with CTTM provides the opportunity to grow and serve more customers, donors and patients,” said Indiana Blood Center Chief Medical Officer Dan Waxman, M.D.  “That means a continuing focus on improving patient outcomes, providing higher quality of service and creating operational efficiencies that reduce costs.”    

 

About Centers for Transfusion and Transplant Medicine
CTTM was formed with the mission to improve the health of patients as the national leader in innovative transfusion solutions for healthcare systems. CTTM, an alliance of blood centers, provides transfusion medicine and diagnostic lab services, medical and scientific expertise and cellular therapies. The collective efforts of CTTM affiliates result in improved patient outcomes, higher quality services and reduced cost of care for the healthcare systems served. 
 

About BloodCenter of Wisconsin
BloodCenter of Wisconsin (BCW) has been providing life-saving blood services to patients in Wisconsin and beyond since 1947. BCW's contribution to the continuum of care spans from discovery and diagnosis to treatment and cure. Headquartered in Milwaukee, BCW currently serves 56 hospitals in 29 Wisconsin counties. BCW provides more than 230,000 units of blood to hospitals annually. Marrow, organs and tissue are also provided to a wide network in the state and throughout the country. BloodCenter has a diagnostic laboratory that serves the United States with specialized tests, and also conducts research on blood-related diseases. For more information, visit www.bcw.edu.
 

About Indiana Blood Center
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana Blood Center is Indiana’s largest independent blood center serving 70 percent of the state.  Established in 1952, Indiana Blood Center was one of the original life science organizations in Indiana.  Indiana Blood Center employs 350 dedicated staff and supplies blood services, blood products, and specialty services to more than 60 hospitals throughout Indiana. It operates eight donor center locations in the state and sees more than 100,000 donors annually at both donor centers and mobile blood drives collecting over 150,000 blood products.  They also have an AABB accredited Immunohematology laboratory, an ASHI (American Society for Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics) accredited HLA and DNA laboratories serving transplant programs in Indiana, and a regional donor testing laboratory. For more information, visit www.indianablood.org.
 

About Michigan Blood
Founded in 1955, Michigan Blood is a fast-growing, independent, nonprofit blood center headquartered in Grand Rapids. It provides blood products and services for more than 40 hospitals throughout Michigan and is an established leader in quality and service. Michigan Blood collects more than 120,000 units of blood each year at nine permanent donation sites and more than 3,700 mobile blood drives in 37 counties statewide. Michigan Blood has a nationally recognized stem cell (marrow) program and created Michigan’s first public cord blood bank as well as cellular therapies for the treatment of cancer. In addition, Michigan Blood provides therapeutic aphaeresis and transfusion medicine consultations. For more information, visit www.miblood.org.
 

About Heartland Blood Centers  
Heartland Blood Centers has been providing blood products and services to patients in Illinois and Northwest Indiana since 1943. With nearly 70 years of service to its communities, Heartland is the oldest blood center in Illinois and among the oldest in the country. Heartland is an independent not-for-profit blood center, headquartered in Aurora, Ill., serving 59 hospitals in a 12-county area in Chicago-land and Northwest Indiana. Heartland has established itself as a leader in providing quality products and services, abundant blood product inventories, expert medical and technical support, and unequaled customer service. It operates 17 donor centers throughout its service area and conducts nearly 2,800 blood drives annually at area hospitals, churches, businesses, schools and community centers. Heartland collects more than 172,000 units annually. You can learn more about Heartland Blood Centers at www.heartlandbc.org.
 

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