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Education and Networking

The Blood Bulletin

An invaluable resource on transfusion hot topics for blood centers to provide to their hospitals, Blood Bulletin, America's Blood Centers published four issues, which covered Obstetrical Hemorrhage, RhD Alloimmunization and  Platelet Transfusion, Plasma versus Prothrombin Complex, and a Restrictive Approach to Red Blood Cell Transfusion.

Webinars

America's Blood Centers' Government Affairs Committee conducted a webinar that examined healthcare reform and the medical device tax. The Human Resources Steering Committee hosted two webinars on responding to Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charges and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).

The Communications and Donor Recruitment Committee held two webinars on programs and resources available to the membership. The first webinar provided an overview of America's Blood Centers' partnership with the Migrant Students Foundation for the annual National Cesar E. Chavez Blood Drive Challenge, a national service learning initiative that engages U.S. Latino/Hispanic college student leaders to organize a blood drive on campus. The second provided information on our standing partnership with Nexcare Bandages for the World Blood Donor Day give campaign.

America's Blood Centers' SMT Journal Club hosted three webinars focused on the presentation and discussion of current medical literature. The Quality Education Committee organized and conducted four webinars on risk analysis in blood centers, the culture of mergers, and competency assessment for both regulated and non-regulated blood positions.  

America's Blood Centers' Member Employee Training and Development Committee focused its efforts on webinars that addressed the use of metrics to measure the effectiveness of training, using PowerPoint to create training videos, and succession planning best practices. The Technical/Lab Directors Committee held three webinars on Sickle Cell Patients-Challenges for Donor Centers and Transfusion Services, Massive Transfusion Protocol Updates, and Old versus New: Serologic versus Molecular Testing. 

Workshops

The annual Fund Development, Communications, and Donor Management Workshop took place in Atlanta, GA hosted by LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. Nearly 90 participants from 39 America's Blood Centers' member blood centers participated in this year's workshop. Topics covered included major gifts solicitation, overcoming fund development challenges, mobilizing your board to raise more money, social media, newsworthy stories beyond the blood drive, crisis communications, motivating your donor recruitment sales team, utilizing advocates and volunteers, and scenario planning for donor deferrals.

America's Blood Centers hosted more than 60 attendees at its first joint Human Resources & Employee Training/Development Workshop (HR/TD) in Sacramento, CA. The workshop, hosted by ABC member BloodSource, got attendees involved and actively participating with engaging speakers who presented on topics such as improving communication, social networking, developing leaders, advancing training programs, and preparing for the retirement of the baby boomer generation. The program was approved for HR Certification Institute recertification credits and P.A.C.E. credits.

Staff also coordinated the development of programs for the SMT Forum and Medical Directors' workshops at the America's Blood Centers' Summer Meeting in Buffalo, NY and the joint Science Meets Operations for the 2013 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The Information Technology Workshop took place in Fort Lauderdale, FL for 57 attendees.

51st Annual Meeting

About 175 blood banking leaders and transfusion medicine experts came together in the nation's capital for America's Blood Centers' 51st Annual Meeting in March 2013, where attendees discussed developments in transfusion medicine and explored how blood centers continue working together to meet hospital and patient needs in the competitive healthcare environment. Member blood center professionals also had the chance to visit Capitol Hill for America's Blood Center's Legislative Day to express to their members of Congress the issues that are important to the blood center community.

50th Summer Meeting

America's Blood Centers' Summer Meeting, hosted by Unyts, took place in Buffalo, NY in August 2012. More than 120 blood center leaders and transfusion medicine professionals came together to discuss a variety of topics including current challenges facing blood centers, emerging opportunities, and iron depletion and replacement in blood donors.

America's Blood Centers Newsletter

America's Blood Centers published 45 issues of the Newsletter, our organization's flagship publication, and a weekly news and educational resource for the blood banking and transfusion medicine community. In the past year, we began featuring guest columns written by board members of America's Blood Centers and the Foundation for America's Blood Centers.

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