New KBC Donor Center Opens July 7, 2009

Second Lexington Location Located in Andover Shoppes


LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky Blood Center, growing to better serve the healthcare needs of Kentucky patients, has opened a second Lexington donor center.

The new Andover Donor Center is located at 3130 Maple Leaf Drive, Suite 103 in the Andover Shoppes, off Man-O-War.

Kentucky Blood Center provides blood products to nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals. Those hospitals have told KBC more blood products will be needed every year to meet the growing medical needs of the Kentucky population.

“Our job is to provide the hospitals what they need in order to provide their patients with the best care they can,” said Kentucky Blood Center President and CEO William Reed. “We take that responsibility very seriously.”

Reed said the new donor center is a key element in KBC’s plans to continue increasing the amount of blood products it provides to Kentucky hospitals. KBC must collect seven percent more red blood cells and 27 percent more single-donor platelets in order to meet growing demand, he said.

In its first year of operation, the Andover Blood Donor Center is expected to add an additional 3,000 pints of blood and 1,000 single-donor-platelets to hospital inventories. Single-donor-platelets are donated with the use of specialized equipment that collects only the needed blood product.

The new 4,800 square-foot facility in Andover Shoppes will be more convenient for people who live and work on the east side of Lexington, as well as the donors traveling to and from Clark and Madison counties.

Andover Donor Center will be open Monday and Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Five new jobs will be created as a result of the donor center.

U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler, D-6th District, provided $238,000 in federal funding for high-tech blood-testing, screening and collections equipment for the new Andover facility.

The Kentucky Blood Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring a safe, adequate blood supply for patients at nearly 70 Kentucky hospitals and clinics in more than 60 counties. In the past year KBC processed and distributed 82,000 red blood cell units and 127,000 blood components in total.