Below are Blood Collector Success Stories that
feature those going above and beyond in ensuring blood is available
to patients in need and that the donation experience is a positive
one for donors.
Please take a moment to read about these industry
heroes. We also encourage you to submit a success story by
following the instructions below, or using the form provided to
allow your donors to submit a success story. Select Success
Stories will also be featured in Fenwal's Continuous Flow news
magazine and other industry publications.
Supervisor, Carter BloodCare, Texas - "Israel Cevallos came to
Carter BloodCare with an impressive military background, a solid
work ethic and a heart for blood donation. As an entry-level
phlebotomist, he brought his “A game,” with a “whatever it takes
to help” attitude and a knack for customer service. " Read more...
Blood Bank of Alaska
February, as temperatures in the Interior plummeted to 40 below,
Blood Bank of Alaska Fairbanks staff prepared for a drive at UAF
as part of the statewide College Blood Bowl. BBA staff gathered
outside to help load the ALYX system, chairs, and coolers onto the
box truck as quickly as possible." Read more...
, Community Blood
Center, California - "If the Donor or the Sponsor is happy, Paul
is happy, and that is what makes him an outstanding, passionate
role model for blood banking to his co-workers and the public." Read more...
, Marsh Regional
Blood Center - "Julia Davis, Blood Donor Recruiter for Marsh
Regional Blood Center, Wellmont Health System, was selected as a
Health Care Hero by The Business Journal
Tri-Cities Tennessee in August 2008." Read more...
, Kaunas Blood
Donation Center - "Rita has worked with donors and organized many
blood donation efforts for twenty years. She is very well known in
Kaunas. She always takes the initiative to encourage people to
come to the Blood Centre and give blood." Read more...
, Stanford Blood
Center - "Always cheerful, full of positive and helpful
information for donors and staff alike, Geoff is now a star red
cell apheresis operator." Read more...
- Melanie Bolin, Carter BloodCare - "According
to Melanie, the most rewarding part of her job is educating donors
about the 'big picture' of blood donation and how lives are saved
when people are willing to give."
- Janiece Kaufman, Long Island Blood Services -
"Looking at petite Janiece Kaufman, you would not immediately
think “Life Saver”, but that’s exactly what Long Island Blood
Services Donor, Warren Christenson is calling her." Read more..
- Paddy Whitus, Indiana Blood Center - "Paddy
Whitus exemplifies the qualities one would desire in a
professional blood collector. A positive experience by the donor
is paramount to the donor returning to give in the future." Read more...
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Israel Cevallos came to Carter
BloodCare with an impressive military background, a solid work ethic
and a heart for blood donation. As an entry-level phlebotomist, he
brought his “A game,” with a “whatever it takes to help” attitude
and a knack for customer service. According to his supervisor,
“Israel comes in early, stays late and his positive attitude
influences all he comes in contact with. Moving him to a leadership
position was an easy decision.” Today, he supervises mobile drives
with the same initiative and heart. As an individual, Israel
consistently receives high marks from donor surveys. The mobile
drives he leads also score high. And because of his red cell
training – not to mention his focus and commitment -- Israel was one
of eight Carter BloodCare collections staff members asked to learn
and validate the new ALYX system, as well as to consult on the
development of the new system’s standard operation procedures.
Israel takes on every task to the best of his ability. According to
his coworkers, it’s never about him. It’s always about the donors,
the patients – and the mission he works for and believes in.
Blood Bank of Alaska
You’ve heard everything’s
tougher in Alaska; that’s true of blood collectors too. Last
February, as temperatures in the Interior plummeted to 40 below,
Blood Bank of Alaska Fairbanks staff prepared for a drive at UAF as
part of the statewide College Blood Bowl. BBA staff gathered outside
to help load the ALYX system, chairs, and coolers onto the box truck
as quickly as possible. They struggled for agility despite their
parkas and mittens. They soon met a problem. The mechanical lift
gate at the truck’s rear door was frozen in the up position. Taking
turns warming up in the building, the staff tried everything they
could think of: pushing buttons, flipping levers, jiggling and
warming the lift. Eventually, all six Blood Bank of Alaska Fairbanks
Center employees budged the lift by hanging from it with all their
collective weight. The lift folded out, but wouldn’t lower.
Half-frozen, five staff members climbed onto the lift and coaxed it
screeching to the ground. Thankful for their success, they loaded
the truck and piled in. The truck refused to start. The staff
started problem solving worried about the temperature sensitive
supplies now waiting in the back of the truck. They plugged the
engine block into an electrical outlet with a serious of extension
cords and looked up the number for U-Haul. At the flip of the lift
switch, the engine jumped to life. The mobile team raced to the
drive where donors gave more than 50 units over the 2-day drive. For
BBA, braving sub-Arctic conditions for the sake of the mission is
all in a day’s work.
Robert Thais, HR Manager
Community Blood Bank,
If the Donor or the Sponsor is
happy, Paul Sandman is happy, and that is what makes him an
outstanding, passionate role model for blood banking to his
co-workers and the public. In 2003, Paul obtained his RN license,
and worked a year in a medical center as an ER nurse. Hearing about
the crisis and the complacency in blood donations, he looked into
working with the Coachella Valley’s 36 year-old blood bank in Rancho
Mirage, California. In 2006, he joined Community Blood Bank to do
his part. Since then, giving back to the community has been his
passion and he has inspired his Donors and Sponsors of mobile drives
to feel the same way. A former actor on “The Guiding Light” and
“Startrek”, a former baker and a former caterer, Paul was
sidetracked from a career as an RN thirty years ago to pursue the
other careers listed above. When he came to California, he completed
his RN program and obtained his license. He then became a “blood
collector” and brought his people-skills with him to engage our
Donors and Sponsors. He instills the excitement and passion of being
a blood donor and giving back to the community to the young recruits
up at the 29 Palms Marine Base, to the high school first time
donors, to the retirees at the senior center and to the general
public. Recently, Paul ran into one of his former RN instructors who
lamented his losing touch with his floor nurse skills while being a
blood collector. Paul’s answer to her was, “I guess it comes down to
what is meaningful to each of us: spending time charting and caring
for patients on the floor or spending more time with people,
educating them about blood donations, and with Donors who want to
save lives and who want to help their communities.” Right now, our
family of Donors and Sponsors, and Community Blood Bank are happy.
Paul is happy, and so is our community.
Julia Davis, Blood Donor Recruiter
Marsh Regional Blood Center
Julia Davis, Blood Donor
Recruiter for Marsh Regional Blood Center, Wellmont Health System,
was selected as a Health Care Hero by The Business
Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee in August 2008. The
following is from the journal: "Julia is not a trauma surgeon or a
pediatrician or a nurse, but it's a safe bet that Julia has saved
lives through her more than four decades of working in health care.
No hospital could serve its community without an adequate blood
supply. Davis has made it her life's mission to see that blood is
always there when it is needed. Those who go to Marsh's collection
center in Kingsport either know or quickly become aware of the
magnitude of the role Davis plays in helping sustain the region's
blood supply. Two years ago, Marsh's Kingsport facility was renamed
the Julia Davis Collection Center. It is estimated that Davis has
recruited some 250,000 units of blood over the past four
Raimonda, Information Administrator
Kaunas Blood Center
On September 19th, donors
awarded acknowledgements for a job well done to our employees by
taking a vote. Those donors who voted were invited into the Blood
Donation Centre during our Celebration Week to honor our employees
by giving blood and voting for the greatest employee. The peak of
our Celebration Week was the announcement of the employee who
received the most votes. All in attendance enjoyed our Celebration,
which included a cake decorated with our Blood Centre’s logo,
treats, music and a joyful atmosphere.
Our blood centre Director, Art
Venslauskas, announced that the head of blood component production,
Rita Kaminskien, received the most donor votes. Kaminskien said,
“All of our staff are great and worthy of a lot of thanks.” Rita has
worked with donors and organized many blood donation efforts for
twenty years. She is very well known in Kaunas. She always takes the
initiative to encourage people to come to the Blood Centre and give
blood. We could write many success stories because our employees
work like a big family! The most pleasant aspect of our Celebration
was that all employees received a lot of thanks and gratitude from
our donors, which made everyone feel really good.
The Blood Donation Centre in
Kaunas would like to wish the employees of all blood centres thanks
for continuing to spread light to all who have suffered misfortune
and to all severely ill patients who have benefited from a blood or
blood component transfusion. You are always needed and your noble
work grants the possibility for many people to experience tomorrow
and to start enjoying life again.
Patricia Stayner, Director of Donor
Stanford Blood Center
Geoff Belanger, Medical Assistant
at Stanford Blood Center in Palo Alto, California, is a true star.
Geoff has worked in blood banking for less than one year, but is one
of our best employees.
He grasped the training for whole
blood collections and hit the ground running. When we implemented
automated red cell technology, Geoff was one of the first to be
trained, and was the first to finish the required number of
procedures. Geoff made sure he finished first by recruiting his own
double red cell donors!
Always cheerful, full of positive
and helpful information for donors and staff alike, Geoff is now a
star red cell apheresis operator. Geoff takes an automated red cell
system with him on every possible mobile blood drive, and continues
to create excitement about automated blood collection wherever he
Goeff's infectious smile, laugh,
positive attitude and top-notch productivity make him a valuable
asset to the blood center and to the community.
Submitted by Amy Parsley, Manager of
Ask Melanie Bolin about donating double red
blood cells and watch her face light up. Bolin, a Carter BloodCare
phlebotomist and trainer for the last five years, enthusiastically
launches into a passionate monologue about the “2RBC” procedure and
its benefits to both donors and patients.
“Red cells are the most used component when
it comes to transfusions,” she explains. “The biggest misconception
donors have is that we are actually taking two units of whole blood.
But once you educate people about the procedure and the safety of
donation, most are willing to try it.” According to Melanie, donors
typically feel less drained after donating double red cells and are
only asked to come back every four months, as opposed to whole blood
donors, who are asked to come back every 56 days.
Melanie Bolin’s team has set the record for
the most 2RBC donations in a single day at Carter BloodCare. At a
blood drive at Coppell High School, Melanie challenged her to team
to draw 100 RBCs and at the end of the day, 99 double red cell units
had been drawn. Melanie applauds her team for providing high school
students with the best RBC experience possible and making lifetime
donors out of young, first-time donors. According to Melanie, the
most rewarding part of her job is educating donors about the 'big
picture' of blood donation and how lives are saved when people are
willing to give.
Submitted by Janet Cella, Assistant
New York Blood Center,
Long Island Blood Services Region
Looking at petite Janiece
Kaufman, you would not immediately think “Life Saver”, but that’s
exactly what Long Island Blood Services Donor, Warren Christenson is
calling her. Warren was feeling fine when he walked into a
LIBS blood drive for his union on September 1, 2005. He chatted with
Janiece as she took his temperature and checked his pulse. It was
right then that Warren’s life was about to change. Janiece told him
that his pulse was irregular and suggested he might want to notify
Something in Janiece’s voice
prompted him to call his doctor immediately and the next day he was
in the office for a physical. Before the day was out, Warren was in
the hospital! It was days of blood tests, examinations and
anxious moments, but what Warren remembers most is his doctor’s
praise of Janiece. “That DS certainly knew what she was talking
about!" And that’s how Warren feels, too!
“I’m so glad to hear this,"
Janiece said. I love the job I do at LIBS, you know you are having
an impact in patient’s lives, but to know that I have helped a Donor
makes it even more rewarding.” Janiece has been with LIBS for one
and a half years, and those that know her were not surprised to hear
Warren’s story. She is always smiling, eager to help and the first
one to volunteer and take on extra tasks. LIBS is proud to call her
one of our heroes. Warren agrees.
Submitted by Pat George, Blood Donor
Indiana Blood Center
Paddy Whitus exemplifies the
qualities one would desire in a professional blood collector. A
positive experience by the donor is paramount to the donor returning
to give in the future.
Paddy has mastered the task of
engaging herself with us so we feel the experience is between
friends. Regardless of the number of times a donor gives blood, he
or she wants to feel special and appreciated.
Paddy enjoys the interaction
and respectfully converses with us by asking about our lives and
busy schedules as if we are busier or more committed than she.
Of course, we know this is not true, but it is nice that someone
like Paddy allows us this moment as we give the gift of life.
I highly recommend Paddy for
recognition and thank all professional blood collectors for serving
society in this critical healthcare role.