June 13, 2014
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center serves more than 170 hospitals and health care institutions in the 26-county Texas Gulf Coast, Brazos Valley and East Texas regions. However, the impact of our lifesaving work extends throughout the U.S. and even across national borders.
With the help of United Blood Services in El Paso, a donor coach The Blood Center had retired from service will be donated to Centro Estatal De La Transfusión Sanguínea, a blood center located in Chihuahua, Mexico.
“We are happy to provide this donor coach to an organization in need that will continue to use it for its intended purpose of saving lives,” Building and Fleet Director Mike Bell says. “We hope that it will serve them well for the foreseeable future.”
The Blood Center decided to donate the bus because it fits the organization’s mission of sustaining lives and also because it recognizes the need for resources in other countries, Mike says. He also notes that having another blood bank use this donor coach is much more impactful than the limited value The Blood Center would recoup by selling its parts here in the U.S.
Martin Gomez, United Blood Services donor recruitment manager, explains that these types of donations make a huge difference for blood centers in countries like Mexico, which have limited resources and are trying to move over to a 100-percent volunteer donor system.
“On behalf of the patients that will benefit from this donation, I want to thank Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and Global Blood Fund for making this happen,” Gomez says. “Right now, the blood mobile is in our parking lot waiting to be taken to its new home in Chihuahua, Mexico.”