Give Red this holiday season!

December 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

sally-katie-blogWith many people on vacation or busy with family and friends this time of year, the number of blood donors decreases while the need stays the same.

Local patients — our family and friends — will need blood to survive and enjoy the New Year. You play a role making that happen. And what better way to celebrate than to give the Gift of Life to someone in need?

Please join in the Give Red Holiday Campaign by giving blood, plasma or platelets at your nearest Center or Blood Drive between now and January 5.

What’s different from past holiday years?

This year both Christmas and New Year’s Day fall on Thursdays (our biggest collection day) and we will be closed. Additionally, the days before and after these holidays will be lightly attended as people will opt to take more time off. Our overall capacity during this month will be reduced by almost 20% but the usage from the hospitals we support remains the same: we still need over 20,000 people to donate blood.

Give Red is a plan to make sure we have enough donors to meet the needs of our community. The success of the campaign relies on our dedicated donors making the commitment now to give between December 1st and January 5th.

Will you donate blood this holiday season? Will you join our campaign to save lives? Your commitment to give can mean all the difference to someone critically in need of a resource that can only be supplied by generous donors such as yourself.

Every donor will make a difference; please make the choice to give today.

Make your commitment during these next five weeks to Give Red! (or Yellow, if you donate platelets!)

 

PSBC 2014 Holiday Hours

November 10, 2014 at 9:35 am

Donations tend to drop during the holidays, as regular donors are on vacation or busy with family and seasonal activities. Holiday closures at our Centers themselves also mean fewer collection days.

To make donating blood as convenient as possible around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, we will be open according to the following revised schedule. Please make an appointment if you’re eligible to help us keep the blood supply stable during this busy time!

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Monday, November 24th:

Additional Centers open:

  • Everett: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Bellingham: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Silverdale: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 26th:

All Centers open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, November 17th:

All Centers CLOSED

Friday, November 28th:

Additional Center Open:

  • Federal Way: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

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Monday, December 22nd:

Additional Centers open:

  • Everett: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Bellingham: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Silverdale: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, December 24th

All Centers open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, December 25:

All Centers CLOSED

Friday, December 26th:

Additional Center Open:

  • Federal Way: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

 

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Monday, December 29th:

Additional Centers open:

  • Everett: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Bellingham: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Silverdale: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, December 31st:

All centers open 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, January 1:

All Centers CLOSED

Friday, January 2:

Additional Center open:

  • Federal Way: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. for whole blood and Automated collections

Saturday January 3rd

Additional Center open:

  • Central Seattle (whole blood and apheresis): 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Monday, January 5th

Additional Centers open:

  • Bellingham: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Everett:  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Silverdale:  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bloody Fun Run on October 25

October 2, 2014 at 1:54 pm

BLOODY (2)Our Hemophilia Care Program is excited to be walking in the Bloody Fun Run, the Bleeding Disorder Foundation of Washington’s (BDFW) second annual hemophilia walk, on Saturday, October 25, 2014 at Greenlake park in Seattle. The morning promises to be fun for all ages!

The Bloody Fun Run’s goal is to raise awareness about bleeding disorders and raise funds for the BDFW for research — it not only helps children and adults in our state, but edges us closer and closer to a cure.

Bleeding disorders affect a small percentage of the population; our Hemophilia Care Program serves many kinds of bleeding disorders, including Hemophilia, von Willebrand Disease, and Platelet Disorders. People with bleeding disorders tend to bleed longer than the rest of the population, not harder or faster. Small cuts (like paper cuts) and bruises are generally not a problem, though traumatic injuries can result in life-threatening bleeds and crippling joint deformities.

We welcome you to join our team and walk with us or make a donation.

In addition to the walk, the event offers pumpkin painting, carnival games, trick-or-treating, a costume contest and more. Admission to the festival is free with a suggested donation of $25 per family.

PSBC Founders Day

September 18, 2014 at 12:29 pm

Proclamation_blogOur President & CEO, Dr. James P. AuBuchon, gave these remarks at PSBC Founders Day on September 17, 2014. 

Welcome to PSBC Founders Day, celebrating our 70th anniversary of service to the communities of Western Washington, Alaska and now Oregon, too.

In 1944, King County citizens created one of America’s first non-profit community blood banks. A list of those visionary leaders is on the Founders Wall across the lobby. Many of those families are still active supporters seven decades later.

Today, we are much more than a place for collecting, testing and providing blood for nearly 90 hospitals in the Pacific Northwest – though we have always excelled in that vital role. Just as we did in 1944, we still provide patient crossmatching for most King County hospitals. When doctors in the region need to consult about difficult transfusion issues, they still call our physicians. We provide treatment and support to people with blood disorders like hemophilia, and for patients with other bleeding disorders. When patients have complex cross-matching needs, hospitals rely on our Red Cell Reference lab.

Over our long and storied history we never stopped offering new and needed medical services. We were trailblazers in tissue services. Our diagnostic labs developed techniques to match donor organs with patients waiting for a lifesaving transplant. We collect umbilical cord blood used in stem cell transplants for cancer patients. We register donors for the National Marrow Donor Program, and we collect stem cells when local donors are matched with a patient in need of a marrow transplant.

Importantly, our research sets us apart. We’re one of only four blood centers in the US doing multidisciplinary blood research — advancing transfusion practices, and in increasing shelf life for blood components. Other investigators are exploring how to diagnose and prevent blood clots – blockages that can cause strokes and heart attacks, which together are the leading cause of premature death worldwide. You will also find our physicians in medical schools and professional conferences helping to educate other doctors about the latest blood science and best transfusion practices.

One thing hasn’t changed a bit in 70 years: The foundation for our success is volunteers. Today, they number more than 250,000 strong. That includes our blood donors, blood drive volunteers and many others who help us deliver our mission every day. People also donate by making financial contributions that sustain our services and the groundbreaking research we do. This “extended PSBC family” connects us with the community. For 70 years they have been the cornerstone of our success. We are deeply grateful for their help and steadfast support. And we need them now more than ever.

Our passion for community service has been constant over our 70 years. Our commitment to the best quality of patient care is steadfast. We have been described as “a blood center that knows patients,” and this is an wonderful and appropriate accolade. Our dedication to advancing medical science through research is unwavering. The community knows it can depend on lifesaving assistance from Puget Sound Blood Center – today and tomorrow as it has for 70 years of yesterdays.

I believe that if the founders were here today, they would be proud of what has grown from their initiative. They might be surprised by the size of our role as a critical link in regional healthcare and blood research. They certainly would marvel at revolutionary changes in medical science, and the breadth and depth of expertise that now resides here.

What might they say to us today? I think the Founders would renew their challenge to us. “What’s next?” they’d ask. “What discoveries are ahead that will advance medical science and improve patient care? What new services and milestones will mark our next 70 years?”

Today we are 70 years and counting. More than ever, we’re counting on all our employees and our volunteers. We recognize and appreciate everything you have done — and will continue to do — to build on the legacy of excellence and accomplishment that we celebrate on this Founders Day.

Blood Collectors Week

September 8, 2014 at 3:33 pm

September 7 – 13, 2014 is Blood Collector’s Week, and we’d like to recognize and thank all of the professionals who make blood donation possible! The phlebotomists in our centers and mobile drives are the link between our generous donors and patients in need.

If you have any messages for these essential members of our staff, please feel free to leave a comment below!

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