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BRMC Announces Partnership with Unyts

Posted on: 09/13/2018

Last month Unyts Community Blood Services, Buffalo NY, became the primary provider of blood products for Bradford Regional Medical Center.


“Bradford Regional Medical Center is pleased to partner with Unyts Community Blood Services for our blood product needs,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and CEO of Upper Allegheny Health System and Bradford Regional Medical Center. “Unyts has been servicing hospitals for more than 30 years through organ, eye and tissue donation programs.

Unyts established blood services in 2007 and is now the primary supplier of blood products for Kaleida Health, Erie County Medical Center, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, Eastern Niagara Health and Wyoming County Community Health System (NY). Most recently Unyts Community Blood Services became the blood supplier for Brooks Memorial Hospital, Dunkirk, NY and TLC Health, Irving, NY.

“The purchase of blood products is a significant expense at BRMC. Our partnership with Unyts offers significant savings for BRMC on blood products,” Finan said. “Through Unyts’ Community Blood Services, both new and existing blood donors have an opportunity to help local patients at BRMC, and the gift of life they are providing through blood products will help to save our organization much-needed dollars. All the blood collected by Unyts in Bradford will be available for local patients in need,” he said.

“Community blood banks concentrate on fulfilling the blood needs of a single region. Often as a result of this locally-driven operation, donation rates rise among the area population and costs decrease on the part of area purchasers,” said Mark Simon, President & CEO of Unyts.

“Community blood banks are neighbors helping neighbors – and by giving blood with Unyts you are making sure your family, friends, neighbors and other members of the community have blood available when they need it.”

It is Unyts’ responsibility to answer the call for blood at local hospitals and ensure that there is an adequate supply for patients in need. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, and over 41,000 donations are required each day to meet this need. The very young, from the tiniest of preemies in a hospital’s neonatal unit, to an elderly patient suffering from a blood disorder, all benefit from blood’s life-sustaining qualities. In keeping blood donation, processing and distribution community-based, Unyts is saving hospitals as much as 30% per unit of blood. This is needed savings which will be reflected back into patient care and other hospital needs

The first Unyts blood drive in Bradford will be Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Bradford Regional Medical Center. Those interested in donating blood can log on to www.unyts.org and click on Donate Blood or contact Stacy Williams, BRMC director of volunteer services (814-362-8298 swilliams@brmc.com) to register.

Organizations interested in hosting a future Unyts blood drive or those interested in becoming a volunteer may call Amanda Farrell at 716-566-3925.

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