SunCoast Blood Bank Awarded Grant
The Harry Sudakoff Foundation Awards $30,000 for X-ray Technology
Sarasota, FL- The Harry Sudakoff Foundation has awarded SunCoast Blood Bank (SCBB) $30,000 to help fund the purchase of a Raycell MK2 X-ray 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.
About the Harry Sudakoff Foundation – Mr. Harry Sudakoff was a successful builder and developer from New York City who relocated to Sarasota, Florida in the early 1960s. His original foundation was formed in New York and was transformed into a Florida foundation in 1993. Mr. Sudakoff had a lifelong spirit of generosity and believed in making an impact with his contributions. The Harry Sudakoff Foundation makes grants primarily in Sarasota County, Florida, in addition to organizations previously supported by the Foundation.
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.