Transition to LifeServe Blood Center Consolidates Providers from Avera Facilities in Miller, Gettysburg, Pierre and Other Locations

FEBRUARY 25, 2022:

LifeServe Blood Center is now the sole provider of all blood and blood products for nine of Avera’s hospitals in South Dakota, including those in Gettysburg, Miller and Pierre.

Dr. Mikel Holland, president and chief medical officer of Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, says it’s just a change of provider.

Holland says switching to LifeServe helps streamline the needs of Avera and Avera-affiliated medical facilities.

Holland says having a readily available supply of blood and blood products is essential to treating many of their patients.

Since the start of the year, these nine hospitals – which also include Avera Hospital in Aberdeen and Avera-affiliated hospitals in Britton and Redfield – have been receiving blood products from LifeServe Blood Center rather than former supplier Vitalant. Eureka, Bowdle and Faulkton hospitals will begin receiving all of their blood products from LifeServe beginning in April 2022.

If you are interested in donating blood or organizing a blood drive at your business or organization, visit lifeservebloodcenter.org or call LifeServe at 1-800-287-4903.

FEBRUARY 23, 2022:

LifeServe Blood Center is now the sole provider of all blood and blood products for nine of Avera’s hospitals in South Dakota, including those in Gettysburg, Miller and Pierre.

Since the start of the year, these nine hospitals – which also include Avera Hospital in Aberdeen and Avera-affiliated hospitals in Britton and Redfield – have been receiving blood products from LifeServe Blood Center rather than former supplier Vitalant. Eureka, Bowdle and Faulkton hospitals will begin receiving all of their blood products from LifeServe beginning in April 2022.

Danielle West, director of public relations and marketing for LifeServe Blood Center, says they have locations in Mitchell and Yankton and have been the sole supplier of blood to those hospitals for years. She says that as a community blood center, LifeServe only hosts blood drives in communities where donations will return to area hospitals.

West says that to ensure blood donors in the community continue to support their local hospital, LifeServe will honor all current blood donor donations and gallon level milestones when donating with LifeServe. She says an Aberdeen-based facility will hopefully be operational within the next six months.

If you are interested in donating blood or organizing a blood drive at your business or organization, visit lifeservebloodcenter.org or call LifeServe at 1-800-287-4903.

LifeServe Blood Center, one of two nonprofit community blood centers in South Dakota, provides 100% of all blood products needed by more than 130 hospitals in South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa.

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