Kirkland/Seattle, WA – EvergreenHealth and Bloodworks Northwest recently opened an onsite transfusion lab on the EvergreenHealth campus in Kirkland, enhancing efficiency in bloodwork services and testing for patients on the Eastside. The joint initiative expands existing services provided by Seattle-based Bloodworks to EvergreenHealth patients, and further eliminates the barriers of time and proximity for critical transfusion services.
The new EvergreenHealth Transfusion Service lab operated by Bloodworks represents a natural progression in the ongoing partnership of the two organizations, who have partnered since 1972 to provide EvergreenHealth patients with lifesaving blood components. The new onsite lab will bring even greater ease and efficiency to the teams’ work.
“This is just the latest chapter in a long history of collaboration with EvergreenHealth that benefits patients and the community,” said Dr. James P. AuBuchon, president and CEO of Bloodworks. “Patients and physicians can now experience streamlined service and quicker turn-around time, while we achieve the maximum benefit from our transfusion expertise and lifesaving blood components that we collect from volunteer donors across our community.”
EvergreenHealth patients and providers have long depended on Bloodworks’ timely service, resources and medical expertise. The onsite EvergreenHealth lab will centralize those services, providing patients with the fastest turnaround time possible for blood components and emergency transfusion services.
“Our collaboration with Bloodworks complements our commitment to absolute safety, high quality care and a superior patient experience,” said Bob Malte, CEO of EvergreenHealth. “The new onsite lab is another example of how EvergreenHealth continues to enhance our services to be our community’s most trusted resource for health care solutions. We are pleased to be able to partner with Bloodworks to offer the best service possible to our patients.”
Bloodworks fully operates the new lab at EvergreenHealth with its transfusion service staff, equipment, information technology systems and provides both regulatory and medical oversight. The Transfusion Service lab will operate 24/7 to test and match patient blood samples with onsite blood components, and EvergreenHealth caregivers will continue to have access to medical consultation with clinical transfusion with Bloodworks experts.
According to Bloodworks, blood transfusions are the most frequently performed medical procedure that people have during hospital stays. About five million Americans receive transfusions every year.
Bloodworks’ specialty diagnostics lab in Seattle will continue to serve those with rare or complex blood types.
“This latest development in our partnership extends our ability to provide transfusion and blood services,” Malte and AuBuchon said in a joint statement. “It reflects our shared commitment to the best patient safety and care possible.”
EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system that serves nearly 850,000 residents in King and Snohomish counties and offers a breadth of services and programs that is among the most comprehensive in the region. More than 950 physicians provide clinical excellence in over 80 specialties, including heart and vascular care, oncology, surgical care, orthopedics, neurosciences, women’s and children’s services, pulmonary care and home care and hospice services. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland, a network of 10 primary care practices, two urgent care centers, over two dozen specialty care practices and 24/7 emergency care at its Kirkland campus, Monroe campus and at a freestanding center in Redmond. In 2015, the system expanded to include EvergreenHealth Monroe – an accredited, full-service 72-bed public hospital district, established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. EvergreenHealth has clinical and strategic partnerships with several health care entities, including Virginia Mason, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and dozens of independent practices that are part of the clinically integrated EvergreenHealth Partners network. In addition to clinical care, EvergreenHealth offers extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline. For more information, visit www.evergreenhealth.com.
About Bloodworks Northwest (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center) is backed by more than 70 years of Northwest history and 250,000 donors. A recognized leader in transfusion medicine, Bloodworks serves patients in more than 90 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska -- partnering closely with local physicians to deliver the highest level of patient care. Patients with traumatic injuries, undergoing surgeries or organ transplantation, or receiving treatment for cancer and blood disorders all depend on our services, expertise, laboratories and research. For more information, visit bloodworksnw.org.
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