Versiti to honor its first blood donor in the Buckeye State
Versiti Blood Center of Ohio, a national leader in blood health innovation, today announced it will hold its first Columbus blood drive in partnership with Lifeline of Ohio on Friday, June 14, at the Lifeline of Ohio office, 770 Kinnear Road, Columbus from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. As a show of gratitude to the community, all guests will receive a specially designed t-shirt.
The date of June 14 was selected to recognize World Blood Donor Day – a day designated to thank donors for their life-saving gifts, and to raise awareness for the ongoing need for blood donations.
The community blood drive is the first ever for Versiti in the Columbus area. Blood donated through Versiti, benefits patients at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.
“As experts in organ, eye and tissue donation, Lifeline of Ohio understands the importance of blood donation,” said Lifeline of Ohio’s Chief Executive Officer Kent Holloway. “We are pleased to welcome Versiti Blood Center of Ohio to Columbus and host their first blood drive. We encourage the community to join our efforts to save and heal the lives of others through donation.”
Versiti’s first Buckeye donor
Versiti’s first blood donor in the Buckeye State on June 14 will be Colleen Baumer, a medical laboratory scientist in the transfusion services department at The Ohio State Wexner Medical Center. As a blood bank technologist, Baumer is keenly aware of the importance of donation. She has been a blood donor for eight years, and says because of her O positive/CMV negative blood type, her donations are uniquely qualified to transfuse newborn babies.
Versiti leaders say the June 14 blood drive will serve to introduce the organization as a critical community partner and a beacon of hope for patients.
“We are thrilled to be welcomed into the Columbus community,” said Versiti President and CEO Chris Miskel. “We are grateful to Lifeline of Ohio, to our first donor Colleen Baumer, and to all the selfless donors we know will answer the call for much-needed blood donations – today and in the future. We can only rely on each other for this precious gift. By donating through Versiti, you will be contributing to the overall health and well-being of our buckeye communities.”
Versiti is extending an invitation to the event not only to blood donors, but members of the community who wish to learn more about Versiti, to those who wish to schedule a future blood drive, as well as to enjoy refreshments and meet with Versiti leadership.
Versiti is nationally renowned for its expertise in hematology and transfusion medicine. Versiti Blood Center of Ohio is part of a coalition of Midwest blood centers also in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin. Versiti is specifically recognized for providing antigen-negative blood and in supplying rare and uncommon blood.
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 customers. 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.
About Lifeline of Ohio
An independent, non-profit organization, Lifeline of Ohio promotes and coordinates the donation of human organs and tissue for transplantation. Lifeline of Ohio serves 72 hospitals in 37 counties in Ohio and two in West Virginia and is designated as an organ procurement organization through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.