The Blood Connection Opens North Carolina Operations Center
MORRISVILLE, N.C. —The Morrisville Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony for The Blood Connection’s new North Carolina Operations Center. The ceremony will take place at 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, January 30 at 101 Kitty Hawk Drive in Morrisville, N.C.
The Blood Connection (TBC) operations center will serve three main functions to provide local hospitals in Eastern North Carolina with life-saving products more efficiently. The first function, a reference lab, allows TBC to ensure quicker turnaround times on hospital orders requiring blood products for high risk patients. The second, hospital services, helps TBC deliver better service to hospital partners by making quick modifications and processing orders faster. Lastly, the mobile staging and warehouse supports TBC’s efforts to maintain a steady blood supply.
Mobile units and other equipment used for blood drives are also housed at the N.C. Operations Center. Currently, TBC relies solely on its processing lab in Piedmont, S.C. The implementation of the laboratory in Morrisville will ultimately allow local patients to get the products they need even faster, which in life-threatening instances can make a big difference.
“We are excited to be expanding our reach yet again in the Triangle,” said Delisa K. English, President and CEO of The Blood Connection. “Having a full operations center local to the area will allow us to process blood products and get them to patients even faster, transferring to more lives saved.”
TBC is a non-profit community blood center that opened its first permanent location in Raleigh in 2018. The organization is the exclusive provider of blood products for nearly 30 hospitals and healthcare systems in the Triangle and Eastern N.C. – including UNC REX Healthcare and WakeMed. In the past year alone, donations have been used to help more than 13,000 patients in need of blood products during their hospital stays in Wake County.
“We couldn’t be happier to have The Blood Connection as a member of the Morrisville Chamber of Commerce,” 2020 Chamber Chair Rod Frankel, of Frankel Staffing Partners. “We welcome them to the business community here in Morrisville and look forward to their continued success.”
The processing center will not be open to the public, however, tours can be arranged for community members who are interested in learning more. In addition to mobile drives in the area, TBC also has a donation center located off of Glenwood Avenue. Donors can visit 7 days a week at 5925 Glenwood Avenue. To learn more about TBC or to schedule a donation, please visit: www.thebloodconnection.org.