Puget Sound Blood Center serves patients in 70 Western Washington hospitals who need blood, tissue, and stem cells. They are our region's recruitment and donor center for bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cell donation.
The scope of their operations have expanded and evolved to meet the demands of a growing population, the needs of new and advanced medical treatments and the challenges of the changing healthcare environment. The Blood Center is more than just a community blood bank. They treat individuals with rare blood disorders that need healthcare and access to the full range of treatment options. Combining quality care and individualized attention through their different medical programs, they have become a leader for delivering healthcare to underserved and at-risk populations, increasing delivery of patient care, and addressing health disparities.
Use of Best Practices
Two innovative systems that the Blood Center has implemented to sustain or increase the delivery of healthcare are the new remote allocation system and the Genomic Blood Typing Program. The new remote allocation systems consists of an automated dispensing refrigerator that allows hospitals quick and secure access to blood and blood components at the point of use, increasing patient safety and hospital efficiencies. The Genomic Blood Typing Program is on the cutting edge of transfusion care. Utilizing the latest techniques in DNA testing, blood units are typed for many more blood groups than is possible using standard techniques. By using the advancements in blood typing research, the Genomic Blood Typing Program has provided the Blood Center with the ability to type and identify specially matched blood donors, ensuring all patients have the hematologic support they need
Accessibility and Cultural Competency
Puget Sound Blood Center’s Cord Blood Services addresses health disparities by ensuring that a growing number of patients with leukemia, metabolic disorders, immune deficiencies and other blood disorders have the transplantation medical support they require by adding diversity to the cord blood inventory through education, recruitment and collection services. Cord blood is increasingly being used as a source of stem cells and as an alternative to bone marrow transplants. The Blood Center is the first and only public cord blood bank in the Pacific Northwest. All stem cells collected are made available to patients worldwide through the National Marrow Donor Program.
During Fiscal Year 2012, Puget Sound Blood Center’s senior staff and Board of Trustees designed and approved a strategic plan that is primarily focused around the transfusion medicine industry and the challenges and opportunities of the region. One driving outcome of the strategic plan was for the Blood Center to identify and establish partnerships within the transfusion medicine industry and non-traditional partnerships with other organizations, like the Bleeding Disorder Foundation of Washington and the Seattle Special Care Dentistry. Also, the Blood Center could promote and tailor services to new and existing customers by securing in-home services, educational opportunities, and mobile patient services.
Grant History with The Seattle Foundation:
Grants Awarded through The Seattle Foundation Grantmaking Program:
$15,000.00||provide general operating support.|
$20,000.00||support the purchase of an Agilent Cary Eclipse Fluorescence Spectrophotometer.|
$27,558.00||purchase a Perkin Elmer Micro Beta 2 Plate Reader to detect the biological profile of samples in small wells known as micro titer plates. |
$30,000.00||purchase of histology processing equipment - Leica instruments.|
$30,000.00||support the purchase of two bloodmobiles.|
$50,000.00||support the purchase of a flow cytometer.|
$44,000.00||support the purchase of a liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometer (LC-MS-MS) system.|
$50,000.00||support the purchase of a new bloodmobile.|
$38,000.00||support the purchase of the Axiovert 200 inverted microscope.|
$27,000.00||support the purchase of a Cell Robotics LaserTweezers Workstation for the Research Department.|