Joseph Lord, Herald-Leader Staff Writer June 24, 2004
The Central Kentucky Blood Center
has new wheels that increase its ability to hold blood drives.
The blood center yesterday dedicated a new bloodmobile; it's expected
to make 225 runs and host 4,000 donors yearly, mobile operations
manager Cheryl McDaniel said.
The new unit replaces a 10-year-old bloodmobile destroyed in September by an engine fire at a Versailles Road gas station. The bloodmobile will allow three to five staff members to collect blood at businesses and organizations without using space inside a building, officials said. Workers will continue to set up inside buildings that can accommodate the equipment, said Dan Dickson, director of communications.
About 65 percent of the center's blood collection comes from bloodmobile drives, chief executive officer Susan Berry-Buckley said. The agency has three bloodmobiles. The new bloodmobile costs $158,000 and was purchased with donations from 13 organizations, Dickson said. Inside, the bloodmobile has four donor beds, a registration room, a screening room and a rest and snack area.
The blood center, which was founded in 1968, is a non-profit organization that provides blood to 67 hospital and clinics that serve 59 Central and Eastern Kentucky counties.
"On three!" Financial donors and other guests together cut a red ribbon dedicating Central Kentucky Blood Center's new bloodmobile, which replaced one destroyed by fire seven months earlier.
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