Over the past three weeks, the Blood Center has been forced to cancel dozens of blood drives (68, and counting) leading to a loss of more than 2200 donations due to record cold tempatures, snow, and ice.
If you are able to safely travel to donate blood this week, please do. To find a donation location near you, call (800) 747-5401, visit www.bloodcenterimpact.org, or use the Blood Center’s IMPACT mobile app.
With another winter storm on the way to portions of our service region, we will continue to provide information on the impact of winter weather at www.bloodcenter.org/weather.
Michael Parejko named Chief Executive Officer of Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
Davenport, Iowa – Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) has named Michael Parejko (par-EE-koh) as its next Chief Executive Officer. Parejko, who has served as Chief Operating Officer of Indiana Blood Center (IBC) since 2010, began his career as a medical technologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He later worked in business development roles for a medical technology supplier before returning to blood banking as IBC’s Vice President, Quality Systems in 2004 and being named IBC’s Vice President, Operations a year later. He will formally begin his duties at MVRBC August 4, 2014.
Joe Slavens, Chair of MVRBC Board of Directors, thanked the Board’s Search Committee for its work in reviewing the credentials of a strong field of interested candidates. “We attracted great interest in this position from industry leaders across the country. Michael Parejko stood out among an exceptional field because he has experience with multiple facets of our industry,” said Slavens.
“His career began with hands-on work in a hospital blood bank. He later represented a medical technology supplier that serves our industry before performing key roles with increasing responsibility at Indiana Blood Center,” added Slavens. “We’re confident we’ve selected a great leader who can successfully guide MVRBC into the future.”
A native of Marquette, Michigan and graduate of Northern Michigan University (Marquette, Michigan), Parejko will succeed Dave Green, who led the Davenport, Iowa-based Blood Center from 1999 until last May when he was named President of the Blood Centers Division of Blood Systems, Inc., based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“MVRBC is known throughout our industry for being a reliable, efficient provider of blood products and for being an innovator of new technology and methods to improve the safety and quality of the blood supply,” said Parejko. “It’s also clear the Blood Center enjoys a tremendous level of community and donor support and has strong relationships with the hospitals and communities it serves,” he added. “I look forward to getting to know a great group of employees, blood donors, volunteers and hospital representatives.”