Due to a decrease in donations after Labor Day Weekend and a spike in patient need, we are urging all eligible volunteer donors, especially Type O (Rh-positive or Rh-negative), to donate now. Additional platelet donations are also needed this week.
Please contact the Blood Center to schedule a time to give at a donor center or mobile blood drive near you as soon as possible. Call (800) 747-5401, or schedule online at www.bloodcenterimpact.org or via our Blood Center Impact App. Thank you!
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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.”
About Mississippi Valley Regional Blood CenterMississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to 88 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Blood Center is based in Davenport, Iowa, where MVRBC’s testing, processing and primary distribution center handles more than 250,000 units of blood components each year. Established in 1974, MVRBC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.In addition to its Davenport headquarters, the Blood Center has regional administrative offices in central Illinois (Springfield, Ill., operating as Central Illinois Community Blood Center), eastern Illinois (Urbana, Ill., operating as Community Blood Services of Illinois); southeastern Iowa (Ottumwa, IA) and the St. Louis region (Maryland Heights, MO).From these locations, MVRBC collects blood at 19 fixed site donor centers and at more than 4,000 mobile blood drives held each year. The population of the Blood Center’s service region exceeds 4-million residents and donors give more than 180,000 donations each year.