Blood Bank of Hawaii unveils new primary donor center

Same lifesaving mission, but new building.

The Blood Bank of Hawaii unveiled its new primary donor center Tuesday at 1907 Young Street, between McCully Avenue and Artesian Street.

“It needed to move permanently due to rail construction and the closure of Dillingham blood collections,” explained CEO and President Dr. Kim-Anh Nguyen.

The Young Street center, now the only home for platelet and plasma apheresis donors, is newly renovated to accommodate more Dillingham donors, which account for approximately one-third of the state’s blood supply.

Blood donor days and times have been expanded: 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, and 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

“As the sole provider of all of the blood that’s transfused in Hawaii’s civilian hospitals, we take very seriously our mission,” said Nguyen, “and that is to be the stewards of a safe and reliable blood supply for this state.

“It not only save the lives of people, but it also enables our hospitals to have top notch programs, like transplant programs, burn care, cancer treatment and trauma as well as open heart surgeries. Without blood, these programs would not exist.”

For those who want to donate blood but can’t make the drive to the Young Street center, Nguyen said regularly scheduled donor centers will be in place where people either live or work, like the UH-Manoa campus, downtown on Bishop Street and the veterans center at Pearl Harbor.

Neighbor island and high school drives will be expanded, and there are plans to add another bloodmobile.

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