After a 68 year partnership, OSF Healthcare and the American Red Cross will soon cut ties.
Starting March 1st, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) will add six to their existing five OSF facilities. Shelli Dankoff, with OSF, said they have made changes before.
“OSF Healthcare looks to standardized our vendors across the ministry. We have done this with a number of vendors,” stated Dankoff.
Amanda Hess, with MVRBC, said she is excited about the expansion.
“We have been serving a number of the healthcare hospitals already,” said Hess.
MVRBC is based in Davenport, Iowa, and has offices across the Midwest.
“Being Midwest based, they have a very robust distribution network throughout the Midwest, so that will help with when it comes to consistency of care,” said Dankoff.
Hess said they will open a new blood distribution hub in Peoria and will hire dozens of locals for a variety of jobs. Some started in these new positions Tuesday.
“We’re really excited to add those jobs, add those opportunities and become even more engaged in that community,” stated Hess.
OSF said they will still work with the Red Cross in certain situations. For example, if there is a tremendous need for blood, they would ask the Red Cross to step in.
The American Red Cross declined an interview, but did provide a statement, reading in part, “We are disappointed by this decision as the Red Cross has been a reliable supplier to seven hospitals within the OSF Healthcare system for over 68 years. We understand this is a business decision.”
We never got a clear answer on why this is happening now, but the spokeswoman repeated this is about providing the best care for patients.
The new MVRBC hub is opening March 1st on Nebraska Avenue.