SEATTLE, WA … Puget Sound Blood Center (PSBC) has opened a new South King County transfusion services laboratory in Renton. The new lab is ideally situated on the UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center campus and will fully support the transfusion needs of four hospitals: Valley Medical Center; Highline Medical Center (Burien); Multicare Auburn Medical Center; and St. Elizabeth Hospital (Enumclaw).
“Patients and physicians in South King County will benefit from having a nearby, full service specialized transfusion lab that provides immediate access to blood components, clinical and transfusion expertise – all with minimum turnaround time,” said Dr. James P. AuBuchon, president and CEO of PSBC.
The South King County lab will offer cross-matching for patients with more complex blood types, or needing specialized testing. It will also support PSBC’s Remote Allocation program—stocking on-site HemoSafes located within hospitals that provide immediate access to a full range of typed, tested and transfusion-ready red blood cells.
“We are excited to welcome Puget Sound Blood Center to our campus,” said Sharon Hu, Laboratory Services Manager, Valley Medical Center. “Transfusion Services will see enhanced service levels; we will experience decreased turn-around time for most blood components; and our overhead costs will be reduced—all great things for our patients and providers as well as for the surrounding community.”
“We are pleased to partner with Valley Medical Center to position our transfusion lab where it can effectively meet the needs of hospitals in south King County,” AuBuchon said. “It reflects our shared commitment to patient safety and delivering the highest quality of patient care.“
About Puget Sound Blood Center
Puget Sound Blood Center is an independent, community-based nonprofit organization with a tradition blending volunteerism, medical science and research to enhance transfusion medicine and improve patient care. A recognized leader in transfusion medicine, the Blood Center serves patients in more than 70 hospitals and clinics in 14 Western Washington counties. Patients with leukemia, cancer, burns, hemophilia and traumatic injuries depend on Blood Center services, expertise and research. For more information, visit psbc.org.