BloodCenter of Wisconsin to form alliance with Indiana Blood Center

Special to The Freeman

Nov. 14, 2014

MILWAUKEE —Indiana Blood Center will be the newest affiliate of the Centers for Transfusion and Transplant Medicine, which was founded in 2012 by BloodCenter of Wisconsin and Heartland Blood Centers, according to a Friday announcement.

The partnership will become effective Jan. 1. Established in 1952, Indiana Blood Center is the largest independent blood center in Indiana. A fourth organization, Michigan Blood, is also a part of the alliance.

“In an era of unprecedented change in health care, there is significant opportunity for blood centers to work closely with our hospital partners to meet their needs,” said Jacquelyn Fredrick, president and CEO of CTTM, and CEO of BloodCenter of Wisconsin. “With outstanding blood service organizations such as Indiana Blood Center, who share our values and life-saving mission, we can provide even greater value to health care systems in our communities and across the country.”

As a part of the alliance, Indiana Blood will be locally operated with a separate Board of Directors, retaining their local identity and staying closely connected to the Indiana communities it serves.

“This is a transitional and positive step for Indiana Blood,” said Byron Buhner, president and CEO. “As an affiliate of CTTM, we’ll be able to thrive in a new era of healthcare, and offer a broader range of services to our hospital partners.”