Blood Bank of Alaska Announces Opening of the New Building
ANCHORAGE – The headquarters for Blood Bank of Alaska is moving from the Laurel Street location, which opened 30 years ago, to 1215 Airport Heights. The official opening of the new Blood Bank of Alaska main center will take place on February 15, 2016. “This is a truly exciting milestone in terms of Alaska public health,” said Blood Bank CEO Bob Scanlon. “The new facility provides Alaska patients with the newest technologies and medical treatments previously only available in the Lower-48. We will now be able to be a critical supplier of life-saving blood products and emergency support in times of disaster.”
Blood Bank of Alaska collects blood via center locations and mobile drives. The blood collected services over 21 hospitals across the state including Alaska Native hospitals and military facilities. The new building project began in 2008 when the current laboratory facility was found to be insufficient for the future needs of patients in Alaska. After seven years of planning the board of directors is proud to announce the completion of construction and the beginning of collections at the new location.
As a critical component of our emergency response system several community leaders and city officials will join Blood Bank of Alaska on the first day of operations. Joe Marushack, President of ConocoPhillips Alaska, will be one of the first donors when the doors open. ConocoPhillips has been one of the strongest private sector supporters of this project. Anchorage Chief of Police, Christopher Tolley, will also participate as one of the first donors in the new building. In addition, Mayor Ethan Berkowitz, will visit the facility to take a tour on the first day of operations at 8 a.m.
One in three Alaskans will need blood in their lifetime. As there is no substitute for blood, it is a vital part of the health system and irreplaceable in many surgeries and treatment plans. We invite the public to schedule an appointment and visit the new facility beginning February 15th. Call 907-222-5630 or visit www.bloodbankofalaska.org to schedule today, thousands of lives saved and counting.