Community Blood Bank presents USD with award

Community Blood Bank presents USD with award
President Jim Abbott accepted a community service award from the Community Blood Bank (CBB) on Wednesday, Feb. 21, on behalf of The University of South Dakota.

Community Blood Bank and Sanford Vermillion Hospital presented the Community Service Award to students and faculty at USD, recognizing and honoring the contributions in providing for the patients within the community. USD recently achieved the plateau of 1,000 blood donors.

Ken Versteeg of the CBB said, "The contributions from students, faculty and staff have the potential to improve thousands of lives in the region. Because this blood can be separated into three components – platelets, plasma, and red blood cells – up to 3,000 patients' lives have been saved. These components will help trauma, surgery, cancer and burn patients."

CBB, stationed out of Sioux Falls, is a nonprofit cooperative service of Avera McKennan and Sanford Hospitals established in 1976. It services the blood needs of 29 area hospitals, and is the sole supplier of blood and blood products to Sanford Vermillion Hospital.

"We depend on community partners like USD to supply blood to the community. We have been holding blood drives within the Vermillion community and USD since 1993, and we continue to appreciate all the support the students and faculty give when we were on campus," Versteeg said.

When a person donates blood with Community Blood Bank, they help the local blood supply and local patients. Donors help up to three patients with just one pint of blood and 25 minutes of their time.

To schedule a blood drive, call 1-877-877-3070. For more information about the CBB, visit

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