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Blood Bank of Alaska Celebrates 50 Years of Service and Unveils Design for New Facility

ANCHORAGE – On July 26, 1962, Blood Bank of Alaska drew its first pint of blood. On Thursday, Blood Bank of Alaska (BBA) will celebrate a half century of saving and enhancing lives in Alaska. As part of that celebration, Blood Bank of Alaska will announce their plans for a new facility so they can serve the state and meet changing healthcare needs for the next 50 years.

Blood Bank of Alaska’s Main Anchorage Center on Laurel Street was built in 1981 with state funding. They have outgrown this facility and currently operate from multiple locations in Anchorage.

A new, consolidated facility will allow Blood Bank of Alaska to operate more efficiently and be more productive. The centralized location will improve their ability to provide for hospitals and medical centers across Alaska and save more lives.

With a new, larger facility, Blood Bank of Alaska can expand their services for Alaska patients and hospitals and keep patients in state for care. In addition, a new building will enhance the donation experience for Alaska’s dedicated blood donors.

Volunteer blood donors provide life-saving gifts when they roll up their sleeves to donate, and a new facility will enable Blood Bank of Alaska to be better stewards of that gift. “I can think of no better way to honor our donors past, present and future than the building of a new facility,” said Blood Bank of Alaska CEO Bob Scanlon.

Mr. Scanlon, Dr. Thomas Mego, Chair of BBA Board of Directors, and Tom Livingston of Livingston Slone will unveil a rendering of the new facility and announce the site selection at BBA’s 50th Anniversary Luncheon this week. The event, themed “Giving Turns Golden,” will be 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 7, at Anchorage Marriott Downtown, 820 West 7th Avenue. Media is welcome and invited to attend. Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell will be a keynote speaker. KTUU Chief Meteorologist Jackie Purcell is the Mistress of Ceremonies.

This year, Governor Parnell approved $8 million in the FY2013 capital budget to support Blood Bank of Alaska’s new facility and expansion project. This amount is a part of the $19.2 million in funding from the state to date in dedication to the project.

Blood Bank of Alaska serves urban and rural areas, the military, and Alaska Native hospitals. They have held mobile drives at hundreds of locations across Alaska. In the last year, Bethel, Juneau, Kodiak, Kenai, Homer, Valdez and Delta Junction have hosted blood drives. A new facility will serve all of Alaska for many years to come.

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