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Milwaukee Blood Center announces to efficiency board with Chicago area

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MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - The Blood Center of Wisconsin has announced a new alliance with a similar facility in Illinois.

The Milwaukee-based Blood Center and Heartland Blood Centers of suburban Chicago plan to work more closely together to reduce costs and offer better care to their patients.

They’ll create a group called the “Centers for Transfusion and Transplant Medicine.”

A 23-member board will oversee the operations of the two centers. They’ve been working together since the 1980’s on various efficiencies.

The Blood Center serves 56 Wisconsin hospitals, providing over 230,000 units of blood each year. Heartland serves 47 hospitals in the Chicago area and northwest Indiana.

Blood Center CEO Jacquelyn Fredrick says the new alliance will let both groups combine their buying power, and obtain equipment and supplies at lower costs. She said it would most likely reduce costs for hospitals and patients.

The two facilities also plan to share their expertise – to create the most life-saving treatments possible.

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