In 2005, the Milk Bank, formerly known as the Indiana Mothers' Milk Bank, was established to improve health outcomes for premature and ill infants, foster better health for Indiana's children and decrease healthcare expenditures. The Milk Bank receives human milk from carefully screened donors and pasteurizes, freezes and distributes it throughout Indiana and the Midwest. As a non-profit, community-supported entity, the Milk Bank is the first and only donor human milk bank in Indiana.
The Milk Bank relies on numerous partners to help fulfill its mission. Versiti Indiana became aware of the Milk Bank's need for convenient milk depots and draw sites, and a partnership was established. Versiti Indiana has opened its doors to the Milk Bank donors, serving as an official Milk Bank milk depot and a draw site.
"The partnership with the Milk Bank perfectly aligns with [our] lifesaving mission," says Indiana Blood Center President Byron Buhner. "Knowing that our broad footprint of donor centers throughout Indiana opens the opportunity for even more mothers to donate milk adds yet another point of pride in what we do."
Versiti's Indiana locations serve as milk depots for approved Milk Bank breast milk donor mothers. The milk collected from all Versiti Indiana donor centers is transported from the depot to the pasteurization facility at the Milk Bank on a regular basis, making the turnaround time between a donor dropping off donated milk at a depot location and distributing to a hospital more timely.
Versiti Indiana also provides the blood screening required for potential milk donors going through the Milk Bank approval process. All Milk Bank donors go through a screening process, which includes a blood test as well as a medical and lifestyle history. With this process, all approved milk donors are eligible to donate blood once they are six weeks postpartum through Versiti Indiana.
View a list of Indiana donor centers that serve as milk depots and draw sites for the Milk Bank, along with hours of operation. Please note: only the donor centers serve as milk depots and draw sites, not fixed mobile locations or mobile drives.