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Education and Networking

The Blood Bulletin

The Blood Bulletin, a valuable resource on transfusion hot topics for blood centers to provide to their hospitals, produced four publications on the topics Transfusion-Associated Circulatory Overload, Overview of Direct Thrombin Inhibitors, Meeting the Needs of Jehovah's Witness Patients and Thromboelastographic Goal-Directed Blood Component Therapy for Severe Hemorrhage.

Webinars

The Human Resources Steering Committee hosted two webinars on the healthcare reform law also known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act: "Compliant & Coast Effective - Managing Healthcare Reform" (August 2013) and "What Employers Need to Know about Healthcare Reform in 2014" (February 2014). A webinar on employee turnover and retention, "Review of the Employee Turnover Survey Results for Calendar Year 2012" also took place in March 2014.

The Communications and Donor Management Committee hosted a total of six webinars on the following topics: Disaster Communications (May 2013); Partnership Marketing (August 2013); Creating a Sales Culture in Telerecruitment (September 2013); Serve to Be Great (November 2013); Sales Success for the Blood Bank Recruiter (January 2014); and World Blood Donor Day 2014 (February 2014). 

The SMT Journal Club held three webinars focused on the presentation and discussion of current medical literature, while the Quality Education Committee organized and conducted three webinars with topics ranging from providing hospital value-added services to CLIA hot topics to refreshing auditing programs in the blood center.

America's Blood Centers' Member Employee Training and Development Committee focused its efforts on webinars, which addressed e-learning in a two-part series, and the selection, development, and evaluation techniques for effective trainers. The Technical/Lab Directors Committee presented a great webinar on bacterial detection, while the IT Steering Committee held a webinar on LOINC and what blood centers need to know.

The newly formed, multidisciplinary Transfusion Safety Committee conducted its first webinar to outline its strategy and program focus and projects. The QA Benchmarking Committee presented its first webinar on data analysis and reviewed the three year statistical analysis of member blood center data.

Workshops

In June 2013, America's Blood Centers, along with member host South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, welcomed communicators, fundraisers and donor recruiters to the annual Fund Development, Communications and Donor Management Workshop (San Antonio, Texas). As in years past, the workshop provided ABC members the unique opportunity to learn, network and share with their peers from across the country. With nearly 70 attendees, speakers, and sponsors in attendance, the four-day workshop covered topics including fundraising best practices; turning a blood drive into a fundraising event; online fundraising; social media ROI; type-specific recruitment and communications; introducing your blood center to a new service area; dissecting organization and board processes; reputation management; streamlining the telerecruitment process; and high school and college recruitment best practices. 

Staff coordinated programs for the SMT Forum and MD workshops in conjunction with Annual and Summer meetings, the Technical/Lab Directors and Quality workshops in Atlanta (108 attendees), the Medical Data Device Systems workshop in Silver Spring, MD (90 attendees), and the Financial Management Workshop in Dallas, TX (64 attendees). 

52nd Annual Meeting

More than 170 professionals from members of America's Blood Centers and industry sponsors gathered in Palm Springs, Calif. in March 2014, for America's Blood Centers' 52nd Annual Meeting, co-hosted by Blood Systems and LifeStream, where member blood centers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a revision to the bylaws that establishes a "hospital-based associate member" category. The bylaw revision allows qualifying hospital-based blood collection programs to gain the advocacy, and educational/professional development benefits of our organization. 

Member blood centers and transfusion medicine experts met at the scenic Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa to hear updates on blood banking and transfusion medicine, discuss leading through change, and explore changes in health care. Attendees enjoyed several opportunities to network with colleagues through receptions, the 17th Annual Awards of Excellence Dinner, and the Foundation for America's Blood Centers 4th AnnualLinks for Life Golf Tournament

51st Summer Meeting

America's Blood Centers' Summer Meeting, hosted by BloodCenter of Wisconsin, took place in Milwaukee, WI in August 2013. More than 160 blood center leaders and transfusion medicine professionals came together to discuss a variety of topics including advances in transfusion medicine, as well as the evolving role of community blood centers in the ever-changing healthcare landscape. 

America's Blood Centers Newsletter

America's Blood Centers published 44 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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