As Hurricane Ian reaches Florida and moves throughout the Southeast with dangerous storm surges, winds and flooding, the AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism strongly urges eligible individuals in unaffected areas throughout the United States to schedule a blood or platelet donation appointment as soon as possible. These donations are essential to maintaining a stable and adequate supply of blood and platelets in the coming days, which can help save lives and ensure patient needs continue to be met. The need for platelets is particularly urgent, given that they have a limited shelf life of five days and that the expected breadth and duration of the storm will likely impact large sections of the Southeast. READ MORE

San Diego Blood Bank Announces New Chief Financial Officer

Bryan has over 20 years of diversified finance experience, with the last 13 in private equity-backed multi-site healthcare services including ophthalmology, hospice and home health, and medical labs. Bryan started in healthcare as Controller at Pathology, Inc., where he was part of the team that extended the company’s reach beyond anatomic pathology into clinical pathology, doubling revenue through a period of severe Medicare reimbursement cuts, shepherding its sale and integration into Laboratory Corporation of America.   READ MORE

Blood Emergency Readiness Corps Marks One-year Anniversary

Blood centers across the U.S. are celebrating the one‐year anniversary of the nation’s
first emergency blood reserve. The Blood Emergency Readiness Corps (BERC) was founded in 2021 as a
partnership by a group of blood centers who joined together to keep the blood supply stocked during
emergencies when blood needs are high, such as during a mass‐casualty event or natural disaster. READ MORE

ImpactLife lifts deferral for potential exposure to Mad Cow Disease

ImpactLife will reinstate more than 5000 potential donors who were previously deferred from blood donation under donor eligibility guidance that was recently updated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Following new guidance issued by the FDA in July, ImpactLife has removed indefinite deferrals for 5126 potential donors who were previously deferred from blood donation due to travel or residence in the United Kingdom, France, or Ireland. The deferral was related to a theoretical risk of transmitting Cruetzfeldt-Jakob Disease (also known as Mad Cow Disease) to blood transfusion recipients. FDA has determined this is no longer a concern for donors who have previously lived in the United Kingdom and other European countries. READ MORE

BioBridge Global announces appointment of John Youngdahl as Chief Financial Officer

BioBridge Global announces appointment of John Youngdahl as Chief Financial Officer

Youngdahl to replace retiring Glenn Kues

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – July 6, 2022 – BioBridge Global, a San Antonio-based nonprofit healthcare services enterprise, integrating donor-to-patient services to enable the future of biotherapeutic solutions, announced today that it has named John Youngdahl MBA as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately. READ MORE

ImpactLife announces new Chief Medical Officer; Dr. Louis Katz transitions to emeritus status

(May 12, 2022 | Davenport, Iowa) –ImpactLife announces the appointment of Daniela Hermelin, M.D. as its Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Hermelin will begin her role as Chief Medical Officer as Dr. Louis Katz transitions to emeritus status, effective July 1, 2022. Dr. Hermelin is currently an Assistant Professor of Pathology at St. Louis University School of Medicine and the Medical Director of Transfusion Services at SSM Health St.

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Blood Assurance joins the Alliance for Community Transfusion Services (ACTS)

May 6, 2022 – Blood Assurance in Chattanooga, Tennessee joins the Alliance for Community
Transfusion Services (ACTS) – a strategic and operational alliance of independent blood centers
committed to improving efficiency, operations, and opportunities to best serve donors and
Blood Assurance, based in Chattanooga, TN has become the 15th independent blood center to
join ACTS. The Alliance was formed in 2010 to strengthen relationships between community
blood programs and their local hospitals and stakeholders. READ MORE

ImpactLife donor program on track to plant more than 10,000 trees

Earth Week Update: ImpactLife donor program on track to plant more than 10,000 trees

Promotion with National Forest Foundation plants a tree on behalf of every presenting donor through May 15
(April 20, 2022 | Davenport, Iowa) – The “Give Back and Go Green” program now underway with ImpactLife is on
track to plant well over 10,000 trees. The blood provider is working with the National Forest Foundation to support
reforestation by planting a tree on behalf of donors who come to give blood from March 21 through May 15. During
the “Give Back and Go Green” program, all presenting donors are given a voucher to redeem for a gift card and a
tree to be planted by National Forest Foundation on their behalf. READ MORE