Blood Bank of Alaska celebrates the groundbreaking for the new facility in Anchorage today. We are honored to have Commissioner Streur speaking on behalf of Governor Sean Parnell. This event marks the beginning of a project that has been in the works for many years through the effort of many community leaders. Alaskans are all a little safer today as we move forward. BBA would like to thank the many individuals and organizations that have supported us, which includes our groundbreaking event sponsors.
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Our summer blood drive at our centers and mobile locations starts next week. We need to replenish the blood supply and we can not to it without you! Donate in Anchorage June 11- June 18 and in Fairbanks June 12- June 19 to receive an exclusive BBA donor shirt. Call 222-5630 to schedule an appointment or go online www.bloodbankofalaska.org - let's fill the shelves with life-saving units together.
Our annual Kodiak Crab Festival drive was a great success. Thank you to KXMT-FM for helping get the word out to donors and for their support to save Alaska patients in need. The Crab Fest marks the beginning of the summer months, when demand increases and supply tends to diminish. BBA was able to collect 119 units, which potentially could save 357 lives.
Blood Bank of Alaska is grateful for the many veterans, military spouses and civilian support that make our military drives so successful. BBA supplies blood to all of the military hospitals in Alaska. Our military partners host over fifty blood drives a year collecting over 1,000 units of life-saving blood. The sacrifices that they make every day help to protect our country and demonstrate their strength in spirit. Blood Bank of Alaska salutes all of those individuals that serve our country and thanks them for their service.
Blood Bank of Alaska honored Kathy Zinn, former Vice Board Chair, as she completed her term with the board of directors. Kathy was a major contributor on the board during her time with BBA. She led the Capital Campaign Committee and provided key insight into the future strategic direction for the organization. Mrs. Zinn was an extremely active board member attending many donor and staff events. Her presence will be missed on the board and we wish her well as she moves on to her next challenge as a community supporter.
Blood Bank of Alaska is so excited that on Monday April 7, 2014 the construction began at our new building site. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in 2015 and we are still raising funds for this effort. This building will provide Alaska with a safe blood supply in times of disaster and bring an additional state-of-the-art laboratory to our community. Click Read more to view a slide show.
Tune in for Line One Health today at 2 P.M. and learn about our latest research initiative, TrialNet. Blood Bank of Alaska is a member of an international network of sites conducting research to prevent, delay and reverse the progression of type 1 diabetes. Host Dr. Thad Woodard and guests will discuss this research and the involvement of the Blood Bank of Alaska and also serve to recruit appropriate Alaskans into the research. KSKA: Monday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.
As two of our board members rotated off the board this quarter, two new board members have joined. Dr. Thomas Mego, former Board Chair, has completed his board service. He was a vital part of the new building plan and served for five years. The board commemorated his service with a presentation and gift. Lynn Kennington leaves the board after serving for two years. He currently works as CFO for Alaska Regional Hospital, one of our key partner hospitals. His time on the board has led to a better understanding of the challenges felt by our partners. Our new members Kathy Cunningham and Cindy Schumaker are a welcomed addition.
The volunteer board for Blood Bank of Alaska is comprised of fourteen members with various expertise from across the state. Their dedicated service guides the strategic direction of BBA to ensure that this organization continues to uphold our mission for all Alaskans. Recently, they held elections for board seats. Bob Petersen, formerly At-Large, was elected as the Vice Chair of the board (pictured to the left). Kathy Zinn rotated out of the seat, but remains a critical member of the board. Dr. Ian Van Tets was elected At-Large to fill the vacant seat. In addition, Dr. Thomas Mego, has rotated off the board. He spent five years on the board at BBA and several as Board Chair. Blood Bank of Alaska thanks Dr. Mego for his years of service.
The Governor’s Budget was announced last week. The preliminary budget is released in December and must be approved during the legislative session in 2014. We are extremely excited and grateful to announce that Blood Bank of Alaska was included in the Governor’s Capital Budget for the amount of $7,000,000. The New Building Project continues to move forward. The support of Governor Sean Parnell and many others is extremely important for the completion of the project.