From the donor coaches you see out at mobile blood drives to the Commit for Life-branded sport utility vehicles you see traveling highways throughout our region, vehicles are an essential part of the life-saving process. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center has a fleet of more than 100 vehicles used for a variety of purposes.
The majority of those vehicles belong to our Donor Collections Department and are either donor coaches for outdoor blood drives or vans that contain mobile setups for indoor drives.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center currently has 15 donor coaches, 11 of which serve the Gulf Coast region while two serve East Texas and two serve Brazos Valley. These coaches and vans make it possible for Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center to partner with businesses, churches, schools and more to host more than 6,000 blood drives every year.
The majority of the Honda Elements and Toyota RAV4s you see on Gulf Coast highways belong to our Product Management Department; they are our Hospital Services vehicles and are used to transport blood products to and from more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities across Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center's 26-county service region.
Altogether, the Product Management vehicles typically travel more than one million miles each year to ensure hospitals have the products needed on their shelves.