Based in Columbus, Versiti Blood Center of Ohio will provide 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 annually.
Research and cutting-edge treatments happening in Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute – require blood products such as white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets. Cell-based immunotherapy, stem cell transplants and bone marrow transplants are just a few of many treatments that utilize blood products. Ohio State also performs complex procedures such as transplant, heart and trauma surgeries, and offers specialized treatment for sickle cell and other benign blood disorders. It’s one of two adult Level 1 trauma centers in the region, and the only adult transplant center.
“Unlike typical community hospitals, often we see patients who have rare blood characteristics that are difficult to match. We need a blood provider with precision medicine expertise to efficiently and effectively help us care for our patients,” said Dr. Scott Scrape, a pathologist and director of Transfusion Medicine at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center.
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center has been rated one of America’s "Best Hospitals" for 26 consecutive years (U.S. News & World Report). It cares for more than 1.8 million patients each year, and is home to more “Top Doctors” than any other central Ohio hospital (Castle Connolly).
People need people
There is no substitute for blood, organs, tissue, or bone marrow. They are precious. They are perishable. And the need for them is vital.
Any one of us might need a transfusion, at any time. We rely on one another to meet that need. But on the other side of that common vulnerability, there is uncommon strength. As a partnership of blood centers, we're far stronger together than we are alone.
Versiti Blood Center of Ohio is now scheduling community blood drives in the Columbus area in order to support Ohio State Wexner Medical Center blood needs. To schedule a blood drive, please contact Danny Brown to schedule your drive.
Versiti Blood Center of Ohio joins four other blood centers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, as well as the Blood Research Institute, which offers biomedical research innovation to improve blood health. Versiti is the fifth largest blood provider in the country and serves more than 200 hospitals.