Roper Health selects new blood provider

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The Blood Connection (TBC), a Greenville based non profit, is now the exclusive provider to Roper Health. TBC now serves Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital.

Since 1979, TBC has provided blood to hospitals in western South Carolina and is now the exclusive provider for the entire Upstate and parts of North Carolina.

The non profit community blood center is affiliated with SC Med-Trans Medical Transport and has a long-standing relationship with the Lowcountry medical community. TBC also supplies blood products to hospitals on the SC coast through its resource sharing program.

Delissa K. English, TBC President and CEO of The Blood Connection spoke on the expansion.

“We are honored to be able to support the health of people in this region, and we are grateful for each new opportunity to connect donors with recipients,” English said in the release. “This is an opportunity to serve more people, help more patients and save more lives.”

Statistically, every two seconds someone in the US needs a blood transfusion, and donors are the only source of platelets and blood. In locally-driven operations like TBC, neighbors can help neighbors in need.

Dr. Rick McEvoy, Laboratory Medical Director at Roper St. Francis Healthcare, welcomes TBC.

“We are excited about this new partnership with The Blood Connection,” said McEvoy in the release. “Given the reliability and professionalism of The Blood Connection, we believe that the health of our patients and the community of Charleston will benefit for many years to come.”

Volunteer donors can visit thebloodconnection.org to find a nearby blood drive or to schedule a donation appointment. Please call (864) 751-3019 for more information.

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