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We often work “behind the scenes” saving lives in our community. It’s not often we stand up and sing our own praises. Have a look here at the recent awards and recognitions BloodworksNW has received as we advance health and shape the future of medicine.

Clinical Services

Washington Center for Bleeding Disorders

Awarded by: ASD Healthcare
Year: 2012

This was a $25,000 gift to the Blood Center from ASD Healthcare with $10,000 earmarked for the Hemophilia Program. Opportunity to provide branded giveaways and brochures. Recognition on event flyers and invitations. Presentation slides branded with your company’s logo.

Patient services

Awarded by: Dendreon
Year: 2011

Recognized for performing 200 leukapheresis collections for patients in need.

Bone marrow donor program

Awarded by: National Marrow Donor Program
Year: 2011

Patient Services recognized for outstanding National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) apheresis collections in 2011. The Bone Marrow Donor Program also collaborated in this effort.

Cord blood program

Awarded by: Message from Caycee Holt, Cord Blood Donor
Year: 2012

Copy of testimonial: Caycee Holt got the call on the morning of January 11. Her donated Cord Blood was a match. ‘At around 9AM, I got a call from Bloodworks Northwest. I am a platelet donor so I thought it was a just a reminder to make an appointment,’ said Caycee Holt. She couldn’t have been more wrong. BloodworksNW was calling to share the wonderful news that the Cord Blood she had donated when she had her son Chase in 2008 was a match. A 15-year-old girl with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma will likely be the beneficiary. ‘I got chills all over my body when Terry told me the news,’ said Caycee. ‘In fact, I was speechless – which is rather rare. But it’s not everyday that you get to help someone in need in such a profound way, by not really doing anything at all.’

Collection of cord blood is a completely painless procedure that does not interfere with the birth or with mother-and-child bonding following the delivery. There is no risk either to the mother or baby and cord blood collection rarely requires BloodworksNW staff to be present during the baby’s delivery. ‘It seemed like such a no-brainer at the time,’ said Caycee. ‘All I had to do was fill out some paperwork. I never noticed them collecting the Cord Blood. I won’t ever find out how that 15 year-old girl responded to her treatment. I will just hope and pray for her and encourage other expecting families to donate their cord blood. It is an amazing feeling to know that you have given someone an opportunity for life-saving stem cell treatments.’

Awarded by: Cord Blood Program
Year: 2011

We received a contract from HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) to compensate us for an agreed upon number of banked collections (including a sizable number of ethnic minority units). This contract was awarded subsequent to an inspection performed by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to ensure we would meet the criteria of the program and is given in recognition of our ability to produce quality products as required by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Receiving this funding will enhance our ability to reach out to minority communities and bank their donations for use by members of their communities.

Dr. James P. AuBuchon

Title: President and CEO

Awarded by: College of American Pathologists
Year: 2012

College of American Pathologists Economic Affairs Committee, 2012.

Awarded by: AABB
Year: 2011

American Association of Blood Banks (AABB) President, 2010-2011; Past President 2011-2012.

Research Institute

Jill M. Johnsen, M.D.

Awarded by: NIH & NHLBI
Year: 2012- 2014

Dr. Jill Johnsen, Principal Investigator at Bloodworks Research Institute, was awarded a $280,000 R21 grant to support the study of normal variation in two coagulation factors:von Willebrand Factor (VWF) and Factor VIII (Hemophilia Factor, FVIII). Dr. Johnsen commented, “We already know VWF and FVIII can be quite variable in humans, and we expect to find patterns within this variation. We will use this knowledge to inform future studies on the roles of VWF and FVIII in bleeding and clotting disorders.”

Barbara A. Konkle, MD

Awarded by: NIH
Year: 2012

Grant of $3.73 million to Bloodworks Research Institute’s Dr. José A. López, MD and Dr. Barbara A. Konkle, MD to advance research investigations into von Willebrand Factor in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). The research will be conducted over a five year period commencing February 2012. It is expected that these investigations will yield significant benefits for individuals who have SCD, generating biomarkers of disease, improved knowledge of its pathophysiology, and potentially producing a new therapy that is safe and inexpensive.

Awarded by: NIH
Year: 2011

Dr. Konkle is now serving on the Advisory Council for the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (a major division of NIH). Her term is from 2011-2015.

José A. López, MD

Awarded by: NIH
Year: 2012

Grant of $3.73 million to Bloodworks Research Institute’s Dr. José A. López, MD and Dr. Barbara A. Konkle, MD to advance research investigations into von Willebrand Factor in Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). The research will be conducted over a five year period commencing February 2012. It is expected that these investigations will yield significant benefits for individuals who have SCD, generating biomarkers of disease, improved knowledge of its pathophysiology, and potentially producing a new therapy that is safe and inexpensive.

Awarded by: NWABR
Year: 2011

Awarded Dr. Alvin J. Thompson Award in biomedicine in recognition of his work mentoring and creating opportunities for young people in science.

Sherrill Slichter, MD

Awarded by: The British Blood Transfusion Society
Year: 2011

2011 James Blundell Award Recipient from the British Blood Transfusion Society. Award received and invitational lecture presented during the British Blood Transfusion Service (BBTS) Annual Conference held in Glasgow, Scotland 09/07-09/10/11. Title of Award Lecture: Current Advances in Platelet Transfusion Therapy. Award ceremony and presentation occurred on 09/09/11.

Awarded by: The California Blood Bank Society
Year: 2011

2011 Herbert Perkins Scientific Lectureship Award Recipient Lecture and award presentation occurred on 04/27/11 during the joint meeting of the California Blood Bank Societyand the South Central Association of Blood Banks held in Las Vegas, NV. Topic: Current Advances in Platelet Transfusion Therapy.

Awarded by: The Bloodworks Northwest Board of Trustees
Year: 2011

Recipient of commendation from the Bloodworks Northwest Board of Trustees in recognition of ‘extraordinary scientific accomplishments’ and for receiving Transfusion Medicine’s three highest honors: American Association of Blood Banks Karl Landsteiner Memorial Award; International Society of Blood Transfusion Presidential Award; and the British Blood Transfusion Society James Blundell Award. Commendation was received during a Board of Trustees dinner held 12/08/11.

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