From The Blood Connection
The Blood Connection has announced a new hospital partner in Highlands, North Carolina. On December 1, 2015, TBC became the primary supplier of blood products for Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, a member of Mission Health.
“We are pleased to partner with The Blood Connection which helps us continue to offer our patients the highest level of healthcare,” said Jackie Ring, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital President and Chief Nursing Officer. “We also encourage everyone to donate blood with The Blood Connection whenever possible. All blood donations that are collected will stay in our local communities. Remember, we never know when our friends and neighbors may need them.”
Highlands-Cashiers Hospital chose TBC because of the organization’s strong regional reputation. In recent years, The Blood Connection has steadily grown to give more patients access to vital blood products. In 2011, TBC opened a blood donation center in Hendersonville at 825 Spartanburg Highway.
The Blood Connection’s CEO Delisa English says the new partnership with Highlands-Cashiers Hospital will help TBC serve a broader community and a greater number of patients in need, but its mission remains the same.
“We want to ensure that hospital partners and patients in need have access to a safe, adequate and cost-effective blood supply. We are proud to be a life-saving connection for Western North Carolina and we never lose sight of the fact that faithful, committed blood donors are the real life savers,” said English.
The Blood Connection currently supplies 100% of blood and blood products to ten hospitals in Western North Carolina. These include Mission Hospital, McDowell Hospital, the Asheville VA Medical Center, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, Pardee Hospital, Park Ridge Hospital, St. Luke’s Hospital, Transylvania Regional Hospital, Angel Medical Center and now Highlands-Cashiers Hospital.
About The Blood Connection
Founded in 1979 in Greenville, SC, The Blood Connection (TBC) is the largest independently managed, non-profit community blood center in the region. It recruits donors and collects blood within an 8,390 square mile area of South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina. In South Carolina, TBC supports Greenville, Spartanburg, Union, Pickens, Oconee, Greenwood, McCormick, Laurens, and Newberry Counties. In Georgia, TBC supports Stephens County. In 2011, The Blood Connection expanded into Western North Carolina and now serves Polk, Buncombe, Transylvania, McDowell, Macon and Henderson Counties.
Licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, TBC collects blood from donors through bloodmobiles, portable field units, and fixed donation sites. It holds approximately twelve blood drives every day and collects over 120,000 units of blood, platelets and plasma each year to connect volunteer blood donors, hospitals, and patients needing life-saving transfusions. For more information, contact The Blood Connection or visit thebloodconnection.org.