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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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VA Collaborates with Military Blood Bank to Save Precious Resource

December 4, 2008

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Collaborating with the U.S. Army Robertson Blood Center has not only saved the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center a substantial amount of money, but has maximized the use of a valuable and perishable resource. “From May 2008 until today, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center saved more than $300,000. In the month of May, we bought less blood than any other time in the past,” said Molla Shibeshi, Blood Bank supervisor.  PHOTO: Bobbi Gruner

 

HOUSTON – The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center recently began collaborating with the Robertson Blood Center, a U.S. Army Blood Bank located at the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center in Ft. Hood, Texas to save taxpayer money and maximize the use of a valuable and perishable resource.

Medical technology has provided many life-saving discoveries over the years, but there is still no substitute for blood. In a medical emergency, often the most important element is the availability of blood. Blood not used in a timely manner must be discarded. The Robertson Blood Center provides blood not immediately needed by the U.S. Army, to the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center.

“This partnership between the U.S. Army and the DeBakey VA not only saves a tremendous amount of money and prevents waste of a precious resource; but more importantly, our joint commitment helps save the lives of our nation’s heroes,” said Michael M. Ittmann, M.D., Ph.D., Pathology and Laboratory Medicine chief.

Serving the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center and supporting the Global War on Terrorism, the Robertson Blood Center is the premier blood donor center in the United States Army and the Department of Defense.

“From May 2008 until today, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center saved more than $300,000. In the month of May, we bought less blood than any other time in the past,” said Molla Shibeshi, Blood Bank supervisor. “This was possible because our staff’s can-do attitude and the cooperation of Mrs. Tribia Parham, the Robertson Blood Center supervisor.”

“I am very proud of the job the Blood Bank staff does here at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center. Our personnel are dedicated and we take seriously the job of serving those who have served our country,” said Meena Vij, M.D., Diagnostic and Therapeutic Care Line executive.

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