BANGOR, Maine (NEWS CENTER)-- Eastern Maine Medical Center has made the decision to stop getting blood and blood supplies from the American Red Cross. Instead, the hospital will now work with Seattle based Puget Sound Blood center for all its blood needs.
According to the hospital, this change will not affect patients who need blood. EMMC representatives say that Puget Sound is a large, national operation, and hospital leadership confident the company will meet EMMC's blood demands.
Representatives also believe that this change is the best course of action to maintain the high quality patient care.
"One of the things that Puget Sound Blood Center does offer us is opportunity to receive blood closer to the time of donation," said Irwin Gross, Medical Director of Patient Blood Management at EMMC. "And there are published data to suggest that blood transfused near the time of donation is safer for patients."
The hospital is expecting to get their first shipment of blood from Puget sound this week.
Despite the change, Hospital representatives say EMMC will continue to partner with the Red Cross in the future for blood drives.