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Education

The Blood Bulletin

Four issues of theBlood Bulletinwere published, educating our blood centers' hospital customers on Factor Xa inhibitors, patient blood management, heparin induced thrombocytopenia, and platelet transfusion refractoriness.

America's Blood Centers Newsletter

America's Blood Centers published 44 issues of the ABC Newsletter, our organization's flagship publication. This resource is a weekly news and educational resource for the blood banking and transfusion medicine community.

Webinars

The Human Resources Steering Committee held a webinar on "Wellness Best Practices" in September 2014, as well as "Bullying and Resolving Conflict" in November 2014.

The Communications and Donor Management Committee hosted a webinar announcing the the 2015 Nexcare give campaign for World Blood Donor Day. 

The Governament Affairs Committee held a webinar detailing ABC's advocacy agenda and upcoming grassroots efforts.

The Scientific, Medical, Technical, Quality, and Regulatory group held ten webinars, including discussions of the current medical literature and topics ranging from audits, red blood cell antigen testing, transfusion reactions, learning management systems, and the future of healthcare. More than 680 blood center professionals participated in these online learning opportunities.

Last year, America's Blood Centers launched the C-suite Webinar Series, online learning opportunities geared toward member blood center high level executives. Attracting more than 300 blood center executives, America's Blood Centers held four C-suite webinars on Ebola, antitrust and the blood community, learnings from international blood organizations, and updates on the association's educational and Data Warehouse opportunities.

America's Blood Centers also held a webinar to inform members on bylaws amendments and to take a vote in May 2014 and October 2014, as well as update member blood centers on the association's advocacy initiatives in October 2014.

Workshops

In June 2014, America's Blood Centers held the annual Fund Development, Communications and Donor Management Workshop, hosted by BloodSource, Sacramento, Calif. Nearly 70 attendees from blood centers across the country joined together to network, learn, and share with their peers. The four-day workshop covered topics such as building philanthropy across generations; internal brand engagement; engaging O-negative donors; and changing behavior in a changing industry. Attendees were also treated to a spectacular evening reception along the scenic Sacramento River.

Staff coordinated the annual Scientific, Medical, and Technical Forum and Medical Directors workshop, held in conjunction with the Annual and Summer Meetings. Additionally, more than 60 blood center professionals attended the Human Resources & Training/Development Workshop in April 2014, and nearly 60 blood center IT professionals attended the IT workshop in September 2014. America's Blood Centers held its Supply Chain Optimization Workshop in December 2014.

52nd Summer Meeting

Stanford Blood Center, headquartered in Palo Alto, Calif., became America's Blood Centers' first-ever hospital-based associate member in a unanimous member vote at the Summer Meeting in Seattle, Wash., co-hosted by Puget Sound Blood Center from Aug. 4 to 7. During the Summer Meeting, held with the Medical Directors Workshop, 135 attendees heard presentations on a number of issues that are on the minds of blood bankers today, and explored future innovations in the industry.

53rd Annual Meeting

More than 200 professionals from members of America's Blood Centers and industry sponsors gathered in Washington, D.C., March 20 to 24, 2015 for the 53rd Annual Meeting, where member blood center professionals voted to approve a new slate of officers and two new board of director members. Attendees, who met at the Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City, in Arlington, Va., heard presentations and participated in lively discussions about recent advances in blood safety, emerging blood research, the economics of plasma, and succession planning for boards of directors.

Leaders from the member blood centers also had the chance to visit with their members of Congress on Capitol Hill and to honor individuals and organizations that have shown extraordinary commitment to the mission of community blood centers at the 18th Annual Awards of Excellence. For the first time, America's Blood Centers and the Foundation for America's Blood Centers hosted the ABC's Got Talent fundraiser, as well as a Monumental Affair, a unique networking event with breathtaking views of the Washington skyline. America's Blood Centers also welcomed several international guests for the International Blood Safety Forum on Friday, March 20.

Mobile App

America's Blood Centers launched its new meetings and events mobile application at the 53rd Annual Meeting in March 2015. With this new mobile app, meeting and workshop attendees are now able to access a wealth of information and details (both prior and during events) at their fingertips! Key app features include ability to: view the event schedule at any time and customize agenda; access to speakers, bios and presentations; access sponsor and attendee details and share contact information; and complete meeting surveys and provide feedback. 

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