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Who We Are
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Operations in Pittsburgh (formerly Central Blood Bank)
Vitalant operations in Pittsburgh is a tax-exempt organization established to serve the transfusion needs of Pittsburgh hospitals. The blood bank’s service areas include metropolitan Pittsburgh as well as more than 10 counties in western Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. It currently distributes 145,000 units of whole blood annually to about 45 hospitals and healthcare facilities in the tri-state area.
Operations in Illinois (formerly Lifesource)
Vitalant operations in Illinois is a tax-exempt provider of blood products serving Chicago area hospitals. The blood bank has 17 donor centers throughout the area and operates an average of 10 mobile drives every day, distributing approximately 107,000 units of blood annually.
Patient Care Operations
Clinical Services focuses on the pre-transfusion testing and delivery of vital blood products to patients in our Pennsylvania and Illinois service regions. In addition, Clinical Services contributes to the treatment requirements of stem cell transplant patients who are waiting for lifesaving hematological transplants worldwide. Clinical Services includes centralized transfusion services, an immunohematology reference lab, public cord blood banking, and total blood management services.
Diagnostics consists of a Coagulation Laboratory, a Therapeutic Hemapheresis department and a Hemostasis & Thrombosis Clinic. Its primary function is to provide diagnostic, consultative and educational support for referral tests in the areas of hemostasis and thrombosis.
The Hemophilia Center of Western Pennsylvania (HCWP) is a nonprofit providing holistic medical care for patients with hemophilia and other bleeding and clotting disorders throughout western Pennsylvania. Its comprehensive care model includes physical therapy and genetic counseling, with adult and pediatric providers. HCWP provides educational, insurance and research needs in partnership with entities such as the National Hemophilia Foundation, Patient Services Inc., The Foundation for Women & Girls, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Vascular Medicine Institute.