FALL 2016 | The latest news from Nebraska Community Blood Bank
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Values in Action

  1. Hometown Heroes
  2. Employees Take Part in MS 150 Nebraska Bicycle Ride
  3. "Missing Type" Campaign Removes the As, Bs and Os

In the News

  1. Update to MSM Guidelines
  2. Zika U.S. Deferral Update
  3. NCBB Impact Spreads to Omaha

Mission to Save Lives

  1. CPR Training Keeps NCBB Staff Current
  2. Ticket Giveaway Winners
  3. Blue Blood Brewery Makes NCBB its Bounty of the Month
  4. Celebrating Middy, an Astounding Platelet Donor

In the Spotlight

  1. NCBB Coordinator Spotlight
  2. NCBB Partners with BRIN
  3. Social Media Buzz Room

Hometown Heroes

Every summer, Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) gives back to communities located outside the greater Lincoln and Omaha city limits who join in our mission to help save lives. This year 18 communities participated in our Hometown Heroes program. In turn, NCBB donated more than $5,500 toward community projects. Pictured above, the community of Bennett, NE uses its Hometown Hero funds to rebuild and improve their community splash pad.

Employees Take Part in MS 150 Nebraska Bicycle Ride

Our COO/CFO Jeff Allen and Marketing & Development Manager Larry Silber joined the Enhance Health Network team for the MS 150 Nebraska bicycle ride. Though they were promised a beautiful, scenic route of fall foliage, riders powered through a rainy, windy and muddy 113-mile, two-day course. The duo raised $515 collectively in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Allen, who just began biking this summer with encouragement from Silber, was eager to take part in his first organized biking event. Despite the elements, both said the camaraderie, feeling of accomplishment and ability to support a good cause made the ride worthwhile.
“NCBB and the Multiple Sclerosis Society are dedicated to saving and enhancing lives,” Allen said. “This was a great way to partner with others in the communities we serve to raise money towards these efforts.”

"Missing Type" Campaign Removes the As, Bs and Os

Staff of NCBB and the affiliated Innovative Blood Resources helped spread awareness during NCBB's Missing Type Campaign this August. Employees inspired questions from friends and family when they changed their social media profile pictures, email signatures and status updates to ones missing the letters A, B and O.
Businesses including 10/11 News, Union Bank, Answers4Families, and Best Buy participated.
The international campaign aims to reverse a trend in the decline of new blood donors. 

Update to MSM Guidelines

By the end of 2016, NCBB, in following FDA guidelines, will implement new MSM (Men who have had Sex with Men) guidelines. These guidelines will change the current indefinite deferral for men who have had sex with men to a 12-month deferral from the potential donor’s last sexual contact with another man. This past summer, Dr. Jed Gorlin of Innovative Blood Resources spoke with Minnesota KSTP-TV regarding the change. Gorlin is an advocate of a shorter deferral period but added that men who have had sex with men are at an increased risk for transmitting HIV.
"The FDA does not make up rules for no reason. This is an evidence-based rule that increases the safety of the blood supply," he said.

Zika U.S. Deferral Update

NCBB will begin testing all blood donations for the Zika virus in mid-November. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says testing will help reduce the risk of Zika transmission via blood transfusion. NCBB is committed to supporting the safest blood supply and, until new Universal Donor Health Questionnaire (UDHQ) changes are implemented in December, will continue to ask donors to self-defer if they’ve traveled to a Zika risk area.

NCBB Impact Spreads to Omaha

Just days after the tragic shooting at an Orlando nightclub on June 12, WOWT News in Omaha reached out to NCBB about hosting a blood drive in honor of the victims. Matt Thompson, WOWT Community Affairs Manager and Program Manager, heard that NCBB was able to supply blood to hospitals in Orlando and felt the partnership would give Nebraskans who wanted to help the opportunity to do so.

WOWT blood drive in Omaha“WOWT staff, family and friends were all really touched by the event in Orlando, and people in our community wanted to give back,” Thompson said. “We thought a blood drive would be a great way to facilitate that.”
The blood drive was a big success, exceeding its goal with 44 units collected and 54 new donors registered. NCBB is striving to make a bigger impact in more Nebraska communities. This was a great step toward that goal.

CPR Training Keeps NCBB Staff Current

NCBB CPR trainingNCBB's Collections Tech Emily Little and Collections Site Supervisor Rebecca Carr brush up on their CPR skills with the help of Janelle Francis of Bryan College of Health and Sciences. All RNs at Innovative Blood Resources are required by the FDA to maintain CPR certification – preparing NCBB and MBC staff to be able to respond to the needs of our donors needs immediately.

Ticket Giveaway Winners

Our donors are on a mission to save lives and we are happy to reward them. We want to thank all of them for taking the time to donate and help saves lives: 

  • Congratulations to Jamie Kuno who won our Grand Prize package in July, which included a three-night Hyatt stay, airfare and a freshwater fishing excursion.
  • Winners of a $40 Scheel’s gift card were Mark Nelson, Marilyn Buresch, Carolyn Hiatt and Delores Snitily.
  • Rebecca Neff was the winner of the NCBB Grand Slam Prize package in June, which included four premium Kansas City Royals tickets and a $200 Visa gift card for travel accommodations. Joseph Wilcox, Kenneth Hartwig, Melinda Hansen and Wayne Magdanze each took home a pair of premium Kansas City Royals tickets as well.

Blue Blood Brewery Makes NCBB its "Bounty of the Month"

Blue Blood  Brewery partnershipNCBB was thrilled to be selected by Blue Blood Brewery as the July Bounty of the Month. Each Wednesday in July, for every tap beer purchased, $1 went to support our mission. Thanks to the Marketing team, we were able to promote the opportunity throughout the entire month and received $1,158.

An Astounding Platelet Donor

Congratulations to Middy Hughes for making his 50th gallon donation on September 28 at NCBB! 

Middy Hughes, 50-gallon donorWhen Middy’s not brewing up a new batch of beer or wine, he spends his days transporting precious cargo for NCBB. Middy began donating long before he joined the NCBB team in 2007. He started donating whole blood shortly after returning from service as a Navy boiler technician in Pearl Harbor from 1972 to 1976. In 2004, Middy’s aunt was battling leukemia and needed platelets to survive. He recognized how special the platelet donations were and has been donating them ever since. We thank you for being a donor and an important member of our team. Way to go Middy!

NCBB Coordinator Spotlight

Staci Swedlund, NCBB Coordinator SpotlightStaci Swedlund of All State Insurance has been coordinating blood drives with NCBB for about a year. Her sister was in an accident and survived due to generous, caring blood donors. When the previous blood drive coordinator stepped down, Staci felt compelled to fill the role.
Q&A with Staci

Q. What is your best tip for coordinating a successful blood drive?
A. Don’t be afraid to ask people directly to help by donating blood – something as simple as that can achieve wonderful results!

Q. How often do you host blood drives?
A. About every 8–9 weeks.

Q. What’s your favorite part about partnering with Nebraska Community Blood Bank?
A. Our Nebraska Community Blood Bank recruiter (Jami) is awesome to work with!

Q. Do you have any hobbies?
A. Playing sports but definitely more watching than playing every year!

Q. What’s your favorite place to go in town?
A. Pizza is my favorite food but I love eating out at La Paz – great food and atmosphere to catch up with family & friends!!

Q. What is your blood type?
A. A positive. It’s easy to remember as it was my grade point average in school!

NCBB Partners with BRIN

Since 2015, NCBB has been named the Charity of Choice for Pink Gorilla's Born and Raced in Nebraska events (BRIN). The partnership allows NCBB to raise funds and awareness, and increase our volunteer base. NCBB volunteers play a vital part in keeping the race events running smoothly by helping set up, handing out registration packets, distributing water to runners, cheering them on and cleaning up. Since 2015, we’ve raised more than $3,000 toward our mission and look forward to continuing the partnership in 2017.

Social Media Buzz Room

Here’s a snapshot of what’s been happening on our social media pages. Click on any image to see the live post, and please feel free to share with your social communities!

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