Community Blood Bank of NWPA & WNY

2018 Community Blood

Mission Statement

The Community Blood Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York connects donors to patients who are in need of life-sustaining blood products in the communities we serve.

About Community Blood Bank of NWPA & WNY

Strengthening the Blood Supply

Many long-time donors might remember a time when a whole blood donation was the only option for giving blood. While whole blood donations still make up the backbone of the local blood supply, evolving technology has allowed blood centers like Community Blood Bank to offer alternative options that not only better suit donors’ availability, but strengthen the blood supply in multiple ways.

The ALYX device allows donors to give double-red donations, which are the key to stopping blood shortages before they start. Double-red donors can give more of their needed red cells, while keeping their plasma and platelets. Not only does ALYX help us get more red cells on the shelves at our partner hospitals, the filtering of these donations is done as part of the donation, eliminating the need for lab personnel to do this manually. That means lab staff can focus on getting the blood out to hospitals more quickly.

ALYX also gives Community Blood Bank the opportunity to expand a universal plasma program. Just like O-Negative donors have the universal red cell type, AB donors have the universal plasma type. Through this technology, Community Blood Bank can collect more of this crucial product for the care of local patients.

Currently, CBB does not have enough ALYX’s to accommodate every donation site. With your help, our goal is to purchase another device, which will be used to increase double-red and plasma donations in our communities.

"Our Donors Save Lives" isn't just a slogan, it's a fact. One in seven people entering the hospital will need blood, resulting in the need for about 800 blood donors each week. Community Blood Bank, founded in 1966 through the cooperation of several local hospitals, is the exclusive supplier to the hospitals it serves, and relies on the residents of each community it serves to provide the blood needed for local patients. The majority of donors are seen at mobile blood drives throughout the blood bank's 13-county service area. Additionally, the blood bank operates one walk-in donation center, based in Erie. As a nonprofit, The Community Blood Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York connects donors to patients who are in need of life-sustaining blood products.

Contact Information

Jennifer Brownlee Phone: (814) 456-4206 Jennifer.brownlee@fourhearts.org