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Goal reached in funding new bloodmobile

Hospital news | Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Contact: Thomas Hottman

The American Red Cross has completed a year-long effort to raise funds for a new, state-of-the-art mobile blood donation vehicle, which will serve communities in southern and central Oregon.

The Klamath Medical Services Bureau Foundation and Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls, along with other contributors, were instrumental in helping raise funds for the vehicle. The new Red Cross bloodmobile will:

  • Feature state-of-the-art technology for improved safety and reliability;
  • Reduce overall maintenance costs by replacing an aging vehicle with a new one that will cost less than half of the current cost to maintain;
  • Increase our ability to collect more donations due to an additional donor bed and health history booth; and
  • Provide a more pleasant donor experience.

"Paul Stewart and Sky Lakes were key fundraising partners throughout the bloodmobile replacement project," said Steve Eberlein, lead Red Cross fund raiser for the project. "Not only did Mr. Stewart help secure a major gift from Sky Lakes, but he also reached out to other medical centers and foundations throughout Oregon to ask for their support. His efforts made this new bloodmobile a reality for southern Oregon."

"The Red Cross is a critical fixture in our community," said Paul Stewart, chief executive officer at Sky Lakes Medical Center. "We see each blood donation as a testament of our support of the Red Cross and the lifesaving work that is carried out by Sky Lakes Medical Center every day."

Last year, the Pacific Northwest Blood Region collected more than 25,000 pints of blood from donors in Klamath, Lake, Deschutes and Jackson counties. These donations help meet the transfusion needs of patients at more than 60 Pacific Northwest hospitals, including Sky Lakes Medical Center, Lake District Hospital, St. Charles Hospital, Ashland Community Hospital, and Rogue Regional Medical Center. Southern and central Oregon's previous bloodmobile has collected blood from more than 200 community partners in the region, including small businesses, corporate retailers, hospitals, fire departments, restaurants, retirement communities, libraries, community centers, banks, credit unions, high schools, and colleges.