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.
Blood Bank of Alaska | Helping Alaska Patients in Need
Love is in the air at Blood Bank of Alaska. Our donors and staff are delivering the ultimate Valentine gift, the gift of life. Every day their commitment to helping Alaska patients in need warms the heart of another Alaskan. Together we make a real difference here, this month we ask you to donate and "show your love" - post about your donation with #AKdonorlove. Schedule an appointment, 222-5630 or online.
January is National Blood Donor Month. During this time of year across the nation blood banks experience a decline in donations due to holiday travel, busy schedules and winter weather. There is often an increase in need, due to the increase in traumas that can happen in winter months. Blake Essig with KTUU-TV spoke with Wes Dahlgren about this at our Laurel Center on Friday. The story will air on NBC in Anchorage on Sunday, January 5.
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.
Brotherhood Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to voluntarism, fund raising and philanthropy. The organization made a generous donation to support the New Building Campaign for Blood Bank of Alaska this week. Representative Rex Butler and his wife Stephanie presented Rebecca Parker, Major Gifts Officer for Blood Bank of Alaska, with a $5,000 check. Their organization supports many community projects in Anchorage and we are very grateful to be included among them.
We are currently working towards building a new Blood Bank of Alaska facility to support Alaska patients in need. Take a quick virtual tour of the inside of the donor area by clicking on read more. Together we can build a better future for Alaska.
Joe Hegna is a dedicated blood donor. Recently, he made his 100th donation at our Laurel Street location. In order to donate blood 100 times, it means donating every 56 days for over 15 years, a true commitment to blood donation. Each donation can potentially save up to three lives. In Joe's case he potentially has saved 300 lives in Alaska. Thank you for the gift you have provided to our community.