SunCoast Blood Bank Receives Grant for X-ray Technology; Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Awards $75,000

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 SunCoast Blood Bank Receives Grant for X-ray Technology

Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation Awards $75,000

Sarasota, FL- Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation (SMHF) has awarded SunCoast Blood Bank (SCBB) $75,000 to help fund the purchase of a blood irradiator.  An irradiator is the most vital piece of technology necessary to operate the transfusion services of a blood bank and SCBB has launched a capital campaign to replace its aging technology. All patients with a compromised immune system must receive irradiated blood to prevent a rare, but nearly 100 percent fatal complication of transfusion called Transfusion Associated Graft-Versus Host Disease. Newborns, as well as cancer patients and others with compromised immune systems, can only be transfused with irradiated blood. Since 2004 SMHF has contributed $404,102 to SCBB’s lifesaving mission.

About Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization with the mission to improve the delivery of healthcare for the Sarasota area through the acquisition and utilization of philanthropic funds. Since 1976, the Foundation has awarded more than $60 million to support patient care, research, education, state-of-the-art medical technology and facilities. For more information on how you can give to your healthcare partner call (941) 917-1286 or visit www.smhf.org.

About SCBB – SunCoast Blood Bank (SCBB) is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing a reliable supply of safe blood products and services to our community for 65 years.  SCBB provides 100% of the blood products and services for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Complex Care Hospital of Ridgelake, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, Surgery Center at St. Andrews Venice, North Port Emergency Room, Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte, Englewood Community Hospital, DeSoto Memorial Hospital and Bayflite 2 Emergency Helicopter Service. SCBB is recognized as a distinguished provider with outstanding customer service and the ability to provide rare blood services onsite.  For SCBB donor locations and more information, visit www.scbb.org or call 1-866-97-BLOOD.

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