Blood Bank of Alaska Celebrates Grand Opening of New Center with Official Ceremony
ANCHORAGE – Blood Bank of Alaska is commemorating the opening of their new headquarters located at 1215 Airport Heights Drive on May 20, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. This official ceremony celebrates the improvement of health care for all Alaska patients. “This is truly an 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 have the capacity to service hospitals across the state with life-saving blood products and emergency support in times of disaster.” The improved quality controls provided by this new building will help Alaska patients for the next 50 years.
Blood Bank of Alaska collects blood via four blood center locations and hundreds of mobile drives. Every unit of the blood collected is processed at the new main center and 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.
Community leaders and blood donors will be in attendance to show their support of this project. The Governor’s office is scheduled to speak at the event, as well as a major project contributor, ConocoPhillips. After the ceremony Blood Bank of Alaska and their guests will stage a photo capturing the largest living blood drop in Alaska. The public will be permitted to tour the first floor of the facility after the ceremony.
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.
To make a financial donation to the New Building Fund visit : www.bloodbankofalaska.org To donate blood please call 907-222-5630 or visit the website and create an online account with the Donor Connection.