GHD recognizes San Diego Blood Bank
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County, recently hosted a check presentation ceremony celebrating a $30,000 grant to the San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB), the primary supplier of blood to the majority of hospitals in San Diego County.
The GHD grant will support year-round SDBB programs, including assisting in the purchase of new bloodmobile. About half of the Blood Bank’s blood supply is collected annually at blood drives using one of SDBB’s 10 bloodmobiles at a variety of San Diego County locations. More than 230 mobile blood drives are held annually in the East County, said SDBB officials. SDBB also operates six local donor centers.
In addition, the GHD grant will assist in funding the Blood Bank’s annual “Winter Wishes” program that features the delivery of plush, stuff-animal toys to patients who find themselves admitted to Sharp Grossmont Hospital during the December holiday season. Last December, about 300 Snoopy dogs were delivered as free gifts to patients.
Also, the GHD grant will help support the Blood Bank’s annual Chargers Blood Drive, the community’s longest-running, life-saving event of the year and one of the largest single-day blood drives in the nation. Over the past 35 years, the Chargers Blood Drive has collected more than 70,000 pints of blood.
Founded in 1950, SDBB is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit that serves hospitals in San Diego, Orange, Imperial and Los Angeles counties with blood transfusion products and reference laboratory services. SDBB’s Cord Blood Program provides lifesaving stem cell transplants to patients worldwide. For more information, visit www.sandiegobloodbank.org.
Formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, GHD serves as landlord for the hospital property and buildings on behalf of East County taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles in San Diego’s East County. For more information, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.