Local donors supply blood to Sioux Valley Vermillion

Local donors supply blood to Sioux Valley Vermillion Blood is a precious commodity. Experts estimate every three seconds someone needs blood in treatment of traumas, cancer and for use in surgeries.

Vermillion area donors help ensure an adequate blood supply though regular volunteer blood donation and support of Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital's bloodmobile program.

Community Blood Bank (CBB) of Sioux Falls, supplies Sioux Valley Vermilion Hospital's blood needs. CBB has been the sole and exclusive supplier of donated blood and blood products to patients at the hospital in Vermillion since January 1993, replacing Siouxland Blood Bank of Sioux City, IA.

Max Anderson, director of laboratory services at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital said the move made sense.

"We made the decision to switch from Siouxland of Sioux City to Community Blood Bank of Sioux Falls for a number of reasons. Most importantly, Community Blood Bank is local," said Andersen. "Most of the community hospitals around us in eastern South Dakota are also served by Community Blood Bank donors so the blood is utilized here at home and by our friends and neighbors. Community Blood Bank is also a service of the Sioux Valley Health System, so CBB's services are more cost effective to the hospital and its patients."

Community Blood Bank bloodmobiles began accepting donors in the Vermillion area in 1993.

"We appreciate the support of Vermillion area donors of our bloodmobile program," said Mary C. Merrigan of Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center. "When you donate blood when the bloodmobile visits, you are directly supporting our hospital here in Vermillion."

Community Blood Bank is a non-profit, cooperative effort of Sioux Valley and Avera McKennan hospitals in Sioux Falls. In addition to supplying Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital, the blood bank also supplies South Dakota hospitals in Viborg, Freeman, Canton, Chamberlain, Dell Rapids, Madison, Flandreau, Brookings, Sioux Falls and Watertown. CBB donors also help supply blood to the Heart Hospital of South Dakota and the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls.

"That's important to Vermillion area patients too," said Merrigan. "Many of our patients may receive ongoing medical care in Sioux Falls in conjunction to the services they have received at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital."

The next Community Blood Bank bloodmobile visit is Wednesday, July 14. The mobile will be accepting donations at First Dakota National Bank from 9 to 11:30 a.m. , and at Sioux Valley Vermillion Hospital from 1 to 3 p.m. The bloodmobile also holds regular blood drives throughout the year in Vermillion, including on The University of South Dakota campus.

For more information on the Community Blood Bank call Sioux Valley Hospital at 624-2611 or log on to www.cbblifeblood.org. If you would like to help sponsor a bloodmobile visit in your town, organization, church, or workplace, please call Rita Nelson at 877-877-3070.

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