LANE BLOOD CENTER AND PUGET SOUND BLOOD CENTER PROPOSE AFFILIATION
Operating efficiencies support quality and cost effective patient care in Lane and Douglas Counties
Lane Blood Center (LBC) and Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) are in discussions to potentially affiliate later this year. The move would align the two organizations under a common strategy to create new operating efficiencies and sustainable costs. Boards of directors from both organizations are expected to vote on a proposed affiliation agreement later this month.
“PSBC is an excellent partner for Lane Blood Center because they are a national leader in blood collection, testing, processing technologies, transfusion expertise, customer service, and blood research,” said Douglas Engel, Lane Blood Center Chief Executive Officer. “LBC will continue to serve local families, physicians, and hospitals with blood components as the local blood center our communities have always relied on.”
“The cornerstone of this affiliation is that LBC and PSBC are mission-driven, community-based nonprofits dedicated to quality patient care,” said Dr. James P. AuBuchon, President and Chief Executive Officer of PSBC. “Our Oregon and Southwest Washington Blood Program serves nearly 90 hospitals and clinics in the Pacific Northwest, including 15 hospitals in Oregon. By affiliating with LBC, we can use the strengths of both organizations to serve communities throughout the region.”
If the agreement is approved, it is anticipated the transition will be completed on or before Jan. 1, 2015. “Regardless of the decision, LBC will maintain its local identity and continue to operate on a ‘business as usual basis,’” Engel said.
About Lane Blood Center
Lane Blood Center is the single supplier of blood to Lane County hospitals, as well as Mercy Medical Center in Douglas County. Established as Lane Memorial Blood Bank in 1961, LBC has served Lane County for more than 50 years. The LBC mission is “supporting and sustaining life by providing a safe blood supply from volunteer donors.” Learn more at laneblood.org.
About Puget Sound Blood Center
A key link in the Pacific Northwest region’s healthcare network, PSBC and the Oregon & Southwest Washington Blood Program serves patients in 83 hospitals and clinics, providing blood components, transfusion expertise, specialized lab services for organ transplants, hemophilia care, cord blood stem cells for cancer treatment, a multidisciplinary research institute, and recruitment for the National Marrow Donor Program. People with traumatic injuries, undergoing surgeries or organ transplantation or receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders all depend on us. An independent, nonprofit community resource, PSBC is celebrating its 70th anniversary in 2014. You can learn more about us at psbc.org or oswblood.org.