St. Luke’s transitions blood donor collection services to MVRBC as of November 1, 2010 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kirby Winn   
Monday, 20 September 2010 15:07
Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Effective November 1, St. Luke‟s Blood Bank will transition its blood donor collection services to Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC). St. Luke‟s Hospital will remain a blood donation site for MVRBC and donors may continue to give at the Hospital or at MVRBC‟s Cedar Rapids Donor Center (3235 Williams Pkwy.) and on mobile blood drives held by MVRBC in Cedar Rapids and the surrounding region.

MVRBC is a not-for-profit community blood center based in Davenport, Iowa that provides blood and blood components to 73 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. “MVRBC is a trusted partner with an established presence in Cedar Rapids and throughout eastern Iowa,” said Carol  Collingsworth, Director of Laboratory Management. “We have been extremely proud of our blood donor service and of our associates who have been closely affiliated with the program over the last 30 years, but recognize now is the time to transition St. Luke‟s blood donor services to MVRBC. MVRBC has a strong reputation in the blood donor services industry, with a proven record of safety and reliability. We are excited to partner with them to serve the future blood product needs of our community.”

Collingsworth notes the level of investment needed to satisfy regulatory requirements for blood safety, as well as the increased efficiency provided by economies of scale, has led hospitals throughout Iowa and the United States to work with outside partners for blood donor services for patient care.

“Since 2006, MVRBC and St. Luke‟s have been working together on a joint donation collaboration called "Give Blood, Share Life,‟” said Collingsworth. “Now we are extending the partnership to ensure an ongoing ability to provide the right mix of blood products to meet our patient needs, while doing so in a cost-effective and efficient manner.”

As the provider to hospitals throughout our region, MVRBC processes 170,000 units per year compared to St. Luke‟s 6,000 units per year. Higher volumes lead to greater opportunities in efficiency, innovation and cost savings.  MVRBC‟s commitment to operational efficiency is matched by their desire to make an even greater difference for patients in need of blood transfusions. MVRBC‟s mission is to provide world class blood products for patients and communities in need. This mission aligns closely with St. Luke‟s mission “To provide the healthcare we would like our loved ones to receive.”

Including St. Luke‟s Hospital in Cedar Rapids (effective Nov. 1, 2010), the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center‟s service region includes 31 hospitals in eastern and southeastern Iowa. These range from Critical Access Hospitals in rural communities to large-scale urban facilities in larger cities. In total, MVRBC is the provider of blood and blood components to 74 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. To see the full list of hospitals served by MVRBC, go to www.bloodcenter.org and click on the “About Us” tab.

Hospitals in Iowa served by MVRBC

Davis County Hospital - Bloomfield, Iowa
Fort Madison Community Hospital - Fort Madison, Iowa
Genesis Medical Center - DeWitt, Iowa
Genesis Medical Center, East - Davenport, Iowa
Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park - Davenport, Iowa
Great River Medical Center - Burlington, Iowa
Henry County Health Center - Mount Pleasant, Iowa
Iowa City VA Medical Center - Iowa City, Iowa
Jackson County Regional Health Center - Maquoketa, Iowa
Jefferson County Hospital - Fairfield, Iowa
Keokuk Area Hospital - Keokuk, Iowa
Keokuk County Health Center - Sigourney, Iowa
Knoxville Hospital & Clinics - Knoxville, Iowa
Lucas County Health Center - Chariton, Iowa
Mahaska Health Partnership - Oskaloosa, Iowa
Marengo Memorial Hospital - Marengo, Iowa
Mercy Iowa City - Iowa City, Iowa
Mercy Medical Center - Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mercy Medical Center - Clinton, Iowa
Mercy Medical Center - Dubuque, Iowa
Mercy Medical Center - Dyersville, Iowa
Monroe County Hospital - Albia, Iowa
Ottumwa Regional Health Center - Ottumwa, Iowa
Select Specialty Hospital - Davenport, Iowa
St. Luke‟s Hospital - Cedar Rapids, Iowa (effective Nov. 1, 2010)
Trinity Bettendorf - Bettendorf, Iowa
Trinity Muscatine - Muscatine, Iowa
The Finley Hospital - Dubuque, Iowa
University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics* - Iowa City, Iowa
Van Buren County Hospital - Keosauqua, Iowa
Washington County Hospital and Clinics - Washington, Iowa

*primary external supplier of blood products, supplementing the blood program at the DeGowin Blood Center of the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, Iowa City.

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