The Power of Our Collective Strength and Commonality

October 20, 2017

With the 2017 ABC Financial Management Workshop wrapped up, we can reflect on what an exciting time it was! Houston is such a wonderful and vibrant city and even on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, you could feel the pulse of the city, whose residents won’t be deterred from their recovery. Through attending, we were…

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Mother Nature Is No Match for the Force of the Blood Community

October 6, 2017

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria left their mark, but so did blood centers around the nation. Proving once again their resilience and resolve to ensure blood is available when and where it is needed, no matter the circumstances.  Before the first drop of rain arrives, blood centers all over the country unite and come to…

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Challenges: A (not so) Unique Conundrum

September 29, 2017

I think each of us in our chosen industries believes the challenges we face are new and unique, until we are presented with the opportunity to join our peers in industry groups, which yields exceeding comfort to know our colleagues are often facing similar issues. The ABC Information Technology (IT) Workshop remains an industry-based meeting…

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Be a Part of the Solution

September 22, 2017

In March 2017, over 90 global experts in blood safety and development from blood centers, industry, government, and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) gathered in Arlington, Virginia for the Third International Blood Safety Forum, co-sponsored by America’s Blood Centers and Global Healing. The meeting explored ways to increase access to affordable, safe blood for low- and…

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If You Are Reading This…

September 15, 2017

…it means that, despite two major hurricanes in the past three weeks, ABC members assembled a quorum in Atlanta for a special members meeting and passed the bylaws changes needed to achieve the important realignment of ABC, Blood Centers of America (BCA), and HemeXcel. Despite logistical hurdles, 49 of 52 ABC members registered their votes,…

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Don’t Wait, Plan Ahead For Disasters

September 8, 2017

September is National Preparedness Month and this year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead, You Can.” Before I had even sat down to write this “Our Space,” we were slapped in the face by Hurricane Harvey and following closely is Hurricane Irma. Neither were your typical run of the mill hurricanes. While Harvey wasn’t the…

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Every Dark Cloud Has a Silver Lining

September 1, 2017

The choice of topic for this “Our Space” was without question. The storm’s impact across the Gulf Coast has been heart-wrenching. The rain has stopped and flood waters are receding, but we don’t yet know what the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey will fully be. The immediate response—augmenting the supply of blood to Gulf Coast Regional…

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Build It and They Will Come

August 25, 2017

Perhaps I’ve been watching a bit too much of the Little League World Series, or perhaps I’m day-dreaming of being on a farm in Iowa instead of in the throes of Capitol Hill, but the movie “Field of Dreams” recently came to mind in relation to our legislative and regulatory advocacy efforts. Before I soil…

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Who Saved a Life? You Saved a Life!

August 18, 2017

“If you don’t pat yourself on the back, no one will.” I cannot find a record of whose quote that is, but I think there is definitely validity to this statement. Lately, I have wondered why we as blood bankers have not tooted our own horns. Why have we not congratulated or celebrated the millions…

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Business is Business

August 11, 2017

Creative Testing Solutions (CTS), the American Red Cross (ARC), and OneBlood have announced the consolidation of their donor testing services into CTS. If my eyeball is accurate, that will concentrate 75 percent of the U.S donor testing volume with a single supplier. The size of the “new” company offers the prospect of economies of scale,…

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