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Memorial Blood Centers Inaugurates New Bloodmobile at TwoTwelve Medical Center

August 02, 2012

(St. Paul, MN) – Under a brilliant blue summer sky, Memorial Blood Centers, among Minnesota’s oldest and largest nonprofit community blood centers, announced the arrival and inauguration of its newest bloodmobile, which will be helping save lives in our community.

TwoTwelve Medical Center Bloodmobile Unveiling

Memorial Blood Centers partnered with Ridgeview Medical Center on Wednesday, August 1 for an inaugural blood drive at TwoTwelve Medical Center in Chaska to celebrate the important role this new bloodmobile and blood drives play in providing a safe and stable blood supply for patients in the community. Special tours of the new bloodmobile and a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Donald Berglund, CEO of Memorial Blood Centers and Mike Phelps, Chief Administrative Officer of Ridgeview Medical Center took place just before the community blood drive at TwoTwelve Medical Center.

Also attending the inaugural blood drive were Cara Bothun and two of her four children, Dane and Thea. Six years ago, Cara almost died while giving birth to Thea and received 19 units of blood (the average amount of blood in a person is 10 units) during an emergency hysterectomy. The Bothuns now host a blood drive at their home in Arden Hills each March to celebrate Thea’s birthday. Altogether, over 660 units of blood have been collected since 2007 at these annual birthday blood drives. Cara is passionate about the cause of blood donation, "You hear wonderful stories about people who save other's lives with their donated organs when they die. With blood donation, no one has to die to save a life! When we give blood, our bodies immediately begin to rejuvenate new blood. Fifty-six days later, you can give the gift of life (blood) all over again! You can only feel good about what you're doing. Donated blood saved my life and now I know that so many of us have the ability to give other people that same gift - the gift of life."

Memorial Blood Centers has an active base of approximately 70,000 volunteer blood donors, like Cara, and conducts hundreds of community blood drives each month. The blood and blood products they provide to community hospitals impacts the lives of up to 400,000 people each year. Memorial Blood Centers estimates this new bloodmobile will allow it to serve approximately 8,000 volunteer blood donors during the first year of operation, and that those donations will help save and sustain as many as 24,000 lives in the community.

Mobile blood drives, sponsored by corporations and community organizations such as church congregations, government agencies, schools, and colleges, supply approximately half of the blood collected by Memorial Blood Centers each year.

Memorial Blood Centers is the primary supplier and clinical transfusion service provider to over 30 regional hospitals and medical centers, including Ridgeview Medical Center and the TwoTwelve Medical Center. In 2011, Memorial Blood Centers supplied nearly 2,600 units of blood to Ridgeview Medical Center.

Eligible donors are encouraged to make an appointment to make a blood donation by calling 1-888-GIVE-BLD or by visiting Schedule Donation.

About TwoTwelve Medical Center 

Owned and operated by Ridgeview Medical Center, TwoTwelve Medical Center is the state’s first free-standing emergency and urgent care department. TwoTwelve Medical Center offers 24/7 emergency and urgent care, comprehensive family and specialty care, advanced diagnostics and access to leading physicians and clinics—all in one convenient location. For more information, visit www.twotwelvemedical.org.

About Memorial Blood Centers

Memorial Blood Centers has been saving lives for over 60 years as an independent nonprofit supplying life-saving blood to area hospitals and other partners throughout the U.S. Operating 11 donor centers and conducting hundreds of blood drives each month, Memorial Blood Centers also provides comprehensive testing and expert technical services as a national leader in transfusion medicine. For more information, call 888-GIVE-BLD or visit About Us.

Photo: Mike Phelps (Chief Administrative Officer - Ridgeview Medical Center), Donald Berglund (Chief Executive Officer - Memorial Blood Centers), Dane Bothun, Thea Bothun, and Cara Bothun (blood recipient and blood drive sponsor).