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 - Dr. Yasuko Erickson has been appointed as Vice President, Medical Affairs with Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center. A pathologist who serves on the faculty of University of Iowa’s Roy and Lucille Carver College of Medicine, Dr. Erickson will begin her duties at MVRBC in September.
Dr. Erickson earned her MD at University of Utah School of Medicine before coming to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC) where she completed a residency in pathology and a fellowship in blood banking and transfusion medicine. She has worked closely with Dr. Thomas Raife, Medical Director of UIHC’s DeGowin Blood Center and Clinical Professor of Pathology in the Carver College of Medicine. “Dr. Erickson’s dedication to patient care, medical education, and the well-being of everyone working at UIHC is beyond all expectation,” said Dr. Raife. “She will be sorely missed, but she will thrive wherever she has the opportunity to improve the practice of transfusion medicine.”
At MVRBC, Dr. Erickson will join a medical affairs team that also includes Dr. Bruce Marshall, Dr. Greg Freund and Dr. Bruce Wellman. Her responsibilities will include medical affairs policy, donor management and oversight of the infectious disease testing laboratory. The Blood Center’s medical affairs staff ensures MVRBC’s policies and practices are in regulatory compliance and serve as liaisons between the Blood Center and the hospitals that transfuse blood components from MVRBC.
“I am very excited to have this opportunity,” said Dr. Erickson. “I’m eager to work with new colleagues at MVRBC and to make a positive contribution to the organization.”
Dr. Katz is leaving MVRBC after 30 years to assume the role of Executive Vice President for America’s Blood Centers. “I cannot think of a better person to join the MVRBC medical and scientific program than Dr. Erickson. Unlike me, she has actually trained in the discipline of Transfusion Medicine. She will bring a personality, interests and skill sets to the center that can only mean continued improvement in our ability to provide our staff, donors, hospitals, physicians, communities, and, ultimately, our patients with the level of service they expect and deserve” said the Executive Vice President.
About Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
MVRBC is the exclusive provider of blood products and services to 85 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Blood Center is based in Davenport, Iowa, where MVRBC’s testing, processing and primary distribution center produces transfusable blood component products from more than 200,000 whole blood and platelet apheresis donations each year. 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.
The not-for-profit organization 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 17 fixed site donor centers and at more than 4,000 mobile blood drives held each year. Since its founding in 1974, MVRBC has collected more than 2.5-million units of blood from volunteer donors and has served millions of patients in the Midwest and through national resource sharing programs. For more information, see www.bloodcenter.org.