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Behind the Scenes at SBC: The When & Why of Campaigns

August 25, 2021 7:34 am Published by Comments Off on Behind the Scenes at SBC: The When & Why of Campaigns

By Vanessa Merina, Marketing & Communications Director Note: Italicized words indicate inclusion in the “definitions” section at the bottom of this article.   Everyone has a favorite SBC campaign, be it the Grateful Life Tour, “Ugly Sweater” Holiday T-Shirt, Jersey...


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Zoe’s Story: “Cancer’s tough… But I’m tougher.”

August 25, 2021 7:34 am Published by Comments Off on Zoe’s Story: “Cancer’s tough… But I’m tougher.”

By Krista Thomas, Communications Strategist August 5, 2020, was one of the most frightening days of Jennifer Yu’s and Tom Li’s lives. It was on that Wednesday that they found out what had started as just frequent bloody noses in...


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Buffy Coats: A Look at SBC’s Most Popular Research Product

August 24, 2021 2:42 pm Published by Comments Off on Buffy Coats: A Look at SBC’s Most Popular Research Product

By Marino Bozic, Research and Clinical Services Manager You’ve likely heard us say at SBC that when you donate blood, you’re helping the patients of today and tomorrow. But did you know the most likely way you’re helping these patients...


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SBC Makes History and Enhances Platelet Safety by Going 100% PRT

May 6, 2021 8:22 am Published by Comments Off on SBC Makes History and Enhances Platelet Safety by Going 100% PRT

By Harry Sussmann, Operational Excellence (OpEx) Director On April 28, Stanford Blood Center became the first blood center of its size in the nation to use pathogen reduction technology, or PRT, on 100% of its transfusable platelets produced. With this...


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Emiliana’s Story: Micro-Preemie Born at 23 Weeks Beats All Odds

May 5, 2021 4:35 pm Published by Comments Off on Emiliana’s Story: Micro-Preemie Born at 23 Weeks Beats All Odds

By Krista Thomas, Communications Strategist In early 2019, Kristi Trog and her husband Josh were thrilled but also surprised to find out that Kristi was pregnant with their first child. The pair counted this news as a true miracle. Though...


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SBC Begins Testing Donations for Rare Blood Groups

May 5, 2021 4:34 pm Published by Comments Off on SBC Begins Testing Donations for Rare Blood Groups

By Dr. Tho Pham, Chief Medical Officer Did you know that many blood group systems exist beyond ABO (A, B, O and AB) and Rh (+ and -)? And that many donors have rare combinations of certain clinically relevant blood...


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How COVID-19 May Have Permanently Changed Donor Recruitment

May 5, 2021 4:34 pm Published by Comments Off on How COVID-19 May Have Permanently Changed Donor Recruitment

By Karen Hendryk, Donor Recruitment Manager Immediate Impact of COVID Though March 2020 was when an official pandemic was declared, February 2020 was when SBC was hit with one of the most significant challenges thus far: cancellation of blood drives....