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Gratitude extended to blood donors as the 2019 Blood Battle comes to end

Columbus, Ohio – December 2, 2019

Buckeye Blood Club looks to 2020 victory


It was a hard fought and very close battle, but Versiti Blood Center of Ohio, the blood provider to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, confirms that “The Team up North” officially won the 38th Annual Blood Battle.

The final score: University of Michigan – 1,938 donations, The Ohio State University –1,525 donations.

The goal for the Blood Battle was to collect a minimum of 2,000 blood donations from each school.

Chris Miskel, CEO of Versiti, said that while it was a tough loss off the field, he couldn’t be prouder of the passion and hard work displayed by the Buckeye Blood Club, his Versiti team and the Ohio State community for their donations.

“The generosity of selfless donors in Central Ohio during the Blood Battle means that thousands of lives will be saved or prolonged through our partnership with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center,” said Miskel.  “We are inspired to continue to serve 365 days a year so that patients in need receive the care they deserve.”

Ohio State last won the Blood Battle in 2017 but then had to hand the trophy back to the University of Michigan in 2018 and then this past weekend.

Elise Gramlich, president of the Buckeye Blood Club at the Ohio State University, said as disappointing as it was not to bring the trophy back home, she’s thankful for the overwhelming support from Buckeye Nation.

“It was so great to see this community and students pull together from all different backgrounds and student organizations for such an important cause,” said Gramlich. “This was the first Blood Battle year for both Versiti and the Buckeye Blood Club and we can’t wait to bring that trophy home in 2020!”

Blood Donor’s Reward

All donors who contributed life-saving blood during this year’s Blood Battle were entered in a drawing for two tickets to the big game on Nov. 30 in Ann Arbor. Jake Browner, a health sciences major at Ohio State, was ecstatic about winning those tickets and watching Ohio State beat that team up north on their own field. 

“Donating blood is extremely important because it is such an easy way to save lives,” said Browner. “There’s a huge need for blood donors and taking 20 minutes to donate can have such a huge impact.”

The Blood Battle was his first time ever donating blood.

About Versiti Blood Center of Ohio

Based in Columbus, Versiti Blood Center of Ohio provides blood, blood products and specialty laboratory services to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, a leading hospital system with a nationally recognized hematology division, the Midwest’s largest cancer hospital and the only academic medical center in the region. The health system uses more than 60,000 life-saving units of blood products every year. Versiti Blood Center of Ohio schedules community blood drives in the Columbus area in order to support Ohio State Wexner Medical Center blood needs. For a complete listing of upcoming drives for to host a blood drive visit www.versiti.org/ohio or call 1-800-485-6594.

About Versiti

Versiti, a national leader in blood health innovation, was formed with the mission to improve the health of patients and enable the success of our health care partners nationally. We provide innovative, value-added solutions in the fields of transfusion medicine, transplantation, and blood-related diseases to meet the needs of each of our hospital partners. The collective efforts across Versiti result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care and cost efficiencies for health care systems nationwide. For more information, visit versiti.org.

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