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Published by Kirby Winn on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 in News Releases

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) has been selected by UnityPoint Health to provide blood and blood components to ten of the health system’s hospitals, including three UnityPoint Health locations in Peoria and Pekin, Illinois. The decision follows a thorough review of proposals submitted through a competitive RFP process. MVRBC currently serves seven UnityPoint Health locations in Iowa and Illinois and will add three additional locations under the new contract, effective January 1, 2020. The new full-service locations are:
•    UnityPoint Health - Methodist (Peoria, Ill.)
•    UnityPoint Health - Proctor (Peoria, Ill.)
•    UnityPoint Health - Pekin (Pekin, Ill.)

MVRBC became the provider to OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria on March 1, 2019. Since that time, MVRBC has opened a new blood Inventory Management and Distribution Hub in Peoria (at 2404 W. Nebraska Ave.). While the Blood Center has held numerous mobile blood drives in Peoria County since that time, MVRBC is now planning to open a Donor Center in Peoria, located at 1123 W. Glen Ave., in mid- to late-December.

UPH logo“After a full review of the proposals submitted, we are pleased to select Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center as our partner in providing the blood supply for UnityPoint Health locations in Central Illinois,” said Dana Spears, Director of Laboratory Services, UnityPoint Health. “We are grateful to MVRBC and donors who give blood, so the people we care for receive the best care and experience possible.” 

“We appreciate this opportunity to expand on our existing service to UnityPoint Health,” said Mike Parejko, Chief Executive Officer of MVRBC. “We look forward to working with our new UnityPoint Health partners in central Illinois to support the community blood supply.”

The Blood Center will begin scheduling local blood drives. “Community support is essential to ensuring a strong and stable blood supply for the hospitals we serve,” said Amanda Hess, MVRBC’s Director, Donor and Public Relations. “We are fortunate to work with generous volunteer blood donors and mobile blood drive hosts throughout our service region and look forward to making new connections.”

Blood donations are often used to help treat patients with cancer, victims of trauma and patients undergoing major surgeries. All persons age 17 and up (or 16, with a signed parental permission form) who weigh at least 110 lbs. and are in general good health meet the basic eligibility requirements for blood donation. For more information about Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, how to get involved or eligibility to become a volunteer blood donor, call the Blood Center at (800) 747-5401 or visit www.bloodcenter.org.

About UnityPoint Health 
UnityPoint Health (www.unitypoint.org) is one of the nation’s most integrated health systems. UnityPoint Health entities employ more than 30,000 employees, working toward innovative advancements to deliver the Best Outcome for Every Patient Every Time. Each year, through more than 5.4 million patient visits, UnityPoint Health, UnityPoint Clinic and UnityPoint at Home provide a full range of coordinated care to patients and families. The system operates 32 hospitals in metropolitan and rural communities throughout Iowa, western Illinois and southern Wisconsin. With projected annual revenues of $4.08 billion, UnityPoint Health is the nation's 13th largest nonprofit health system and the fourth largest nondenominational health system in America.

About Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC), based in Davenport, Iowa, serves 110 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin, as well as resource sharing partners across the country. The 501(c)(3) not-for-profit blood center was established in 1974 and operates as Central Illinois Community Blood Center (Springfield, Illinois) and Community Blood Services of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana, Illinois). The Blood Center’s service region extends from southwestern Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri and from Danville, Illinois to Albia, Iowa, an area with a population of more than 4-million residents. (See p. below for a map of the MVRBC service region.) 

For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org and visit the Blood Center’s social media channels: www.facebook.com/mvrbc, www.twitter.com/willyougive, and www.instagram.com/willyougive/

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About The Author

Kirby Winn

Kirby Winn serves as Manager, Public Relations for ImpactLife. He enjoys working with media across the blood center's service region to share the stories of patients who have been helped by the generous volunteers who support our mission.

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