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McLeod Health renews partnership with The Blood Connection | Business

McLeod Health renews partnership with The Blood Connection | Business

FLORENCE — McLeod Health has renewed its partnership with The Blood Connection for another year to meet patient needs for blood products with a stable supply.

It will be the fifth year The Blood Connection has been the supplier for all hospitals within McLeod Health.

The Blood Connection is an independent nonprofit community blood center. It has collected and supplied blood products in South Carolina for more than 60 years.

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McLeod Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Officer Will McLeod said donation plays a vital role in patient care.

“As part of the McLeod Health mission, we are committed to hosting blood drives at McLeod locations. We encourage staff and communities to join us and take part in this lifesaving effort,” McLeod said in a statement.

Founded in 1962, the Blood Connection is one of the largest independently managed, nonprofit community blood centers in the region. Its model and mission closely align with those of McLeod Health, he said.

The Blood Connection provides products and services for more than 120 hospitals in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

The Blood Connection President/CEO Delisa English said the nonprofit is proud to partner with McLeod Health.

“McLeod Health and The Blood Connection have very similar missions, and we believe that this partnership will continue to be a tremendous, long-term asset for McLeod Health patients and this community. We are eager to work with schools, employers, churches and others to support blood drives to benefit patients who receive their healthcare at McLeod Health hospitals,” English said is a statement.

The Blood Connection operates 15 physical donation centers, including one at 1617 S. Irby St., Florence and another at 1217 38th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach.

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