ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc. has furthered their commitment to support the new Blood Bank of Alaska facility project currently under construction with a second $1 million donation. This brings the current total contribution of ConocoPhillips to $2 million. “Blood Bank of Alaska is deeply honored to have the support of an organization such as ConocoPhillips. Their dedication to our community and to the state of Alaska is helping to provide a better blood bank facility for patients in need,” noted Bob Scanlon, BBA CEO.
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Abby Hancock with KTUU visited our Laurel center on Tuesday to discuss the new building timeline. Our new main center is located at Airport Heights and Debarr. It is scheduled to open in January 2016. We are still raising funds to complete the project and it will have a big impact on our ability to serve the needs of the state for the next fifty years. The 58,000 square foot facility will enable BBA to test blood in state during emergencies and expand our storage capacity as well.
Bob Scanlon,CEO of Blood Bank of Alaska, and board member, Chris Mello, visited the Samuel Simmonds Hospital located in Barrow. The recently built hospital was impressive. The new facility is four times larger than the previous facility and allows for an expansion of medical services for the community. BBA representatives toured the facility and discussed the potential to begin an annual blood drive program in Barrow. Our rural hospitals are a vital part of our mission at BBA. Pictured: Chris Mello (BBA Board Member), Marie Carroll (President/CEO ASNA) and Bob Scanlon (CEO/Blood Bank of Alaska)
This month several community members raised funds for BBA by hosting their annual racquetball tournament at Alaska Club East. Local GFT 7 Racquetball Club selected Blood Bank of Alaska as the honorary charity for this year's event. Organizer Gary Zipkin remarked, "We support BBA and what they do for the community. We can't all give blood, but we can all give back." The group raised $1,980 to support the new building fund - thank you for your support.
Thank you to our community supporters for attending our ribbon cutting. MEA Charitable Foundation Chair, David Dahms,was there to kick off the Wasilla Center and announce the $10,000 grant provided for this effort. Also in attendance was Elizabeth Ripley, Mat-Su Health Foundation President and John Lee, Mat-Su Regional Hospital President. BBA board member Chris Mello served as the official ribbon cutter.
Through the generous grants from Rasmuson Foundation and Mat-Su Health Foundation, Blood Bank of Alaska now has a new courier van. This vehicle provides critical transportation of the products we collect and keeps the blood on the move 24/7.
Bob Scanlon, CEO of Blood Bank of Alaska, responds to a New York Times article on national blood trends. The needs of Alaska vary greatly from those in the Lower 48 for many reasons. You can read the full response by clicking the read more tab here:
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.