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Next Generation Sequencing – Ushering in a New Era of HLA Typing

As most of you know, in addition to providing lifesaving blood products for local patients, Stanford Blood Center is deeply committed to research initiatives to help the patients of tomorrow. On the forefront of much of this research is our Histocompatability, Immunogentics, and Disease Profiling Lab (the HLA Lab), who focuses on histocompatibility and genetic testing…

Stanford Blood Center Officially Opens South Bay Donor Center

Did you know that nearly 75% of our donors live in the South Bay? In an effort to make blood donation as easy and convenient as possible for all of our donors, we are excited to announce that our newest blood donation center location has officially opened in Campbell! It has been quite a journey...

Seeking Donors with a Rare Blood Type to Support Young Zanaib

Stanford Blood Center (SBC) has been asked by a sister blood center in Florida to help support a two-year-old girl with an extremely rare blood type. Zanaib has a form of cancer that has required several rounds of chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. She now requires a rare type of blood that is negative…

The Technology Behind Blood Donation

Think about the last time you gave blood. Did you notice all the complicated-looking machines throughout donor center? We’re sure most of you have, so we thought we’d share a bit about what each of them do (including some of the cool ones you don’t get to see). Keep reading for a glimpse at the…

Can two Rh-positive parents have an Rh-negative child?

Your Rh status (positive or negative) is determined by an antigen found on your red blood cells (RBCs). Being Rh-positive or Rh-negative means that either you have the Rhesus D antigen on your RBCs (positive) or you don’t (negative). Rh status is inherited from our parents, separately from our blood type. If you inherit the…

Can You Help End Childhood Cancer?

Every year, 15,780 children in the United States are diagnosed with cancer. In fact, according to Children’s Cancer Research Fund, each day, 43 families in the United States will hear that their child has cancer. That’s why we observe September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month – to increase awareness for types of cancer that affect…

Welcome Health Trust: Our Newest Donate Your Points Back Partner

SBC is proud to announce our newest Donate Your Points Back partner, Health Trust! Health Trust provides quality and culturally competent services that meet the health needs of many low-income individuals in Santa Clara and northern San Benito counties.

Get to Know Our Newest Medical Director: Dr. Suchi Pandey

This July, Stanford Blood Center was honored to have Dr. Suchitra (Suchi) Pandey join us as our newest Medical Director. Her responsibilities include providing medical support to blood center staff, management of blood donor medical issues, development of Blood Center medical policy, oversight of blood center operations, consultation with Stanford Hospital for patient management, and…

We’re Listening! Your SBC Donor Survey in Action

Since we launched our SBC Donor Survey back in July of 2017, we have received tremendous feedback and countless kudos for our Stanford Blood Center team members. The results have been inspiring, and your feedback has helped guide us in creating an even better experience for all of our donors. Overall number of responses since…

Summer Blood Need: Calling All Donors

In January, a tough time of year for blood collections, we shared a blog, Behind the Critical Need for Blood Products at Stanford Blood Center, offering some insight into what it means for a blood center to be in critical need of certain products. Summer is upon us and is another very difficult time of…

Honoring Those Affected by Cancer at Relay for Life Campbell

On July 14, SBC hosted a table at Relay for Life Campbell. Less than a mile from our upcoming new South Bay Donor Center, this wonderful event brings communities together to remember loved ones lost and honor those affected by cancer. Relay for Life is the signature fundraising event of the American Cancer Society with…

Volunteer Spotlight: Heather McKelvy

It’s time for another Volunteer Spotlight! Our latest Spotlight features Heather McKelvy, who works at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Check out what Heather has to say: Why do you volunteer at SBC?  I like to be able to give back to the people that are helping my patients; I work at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. …