More than 260 employees are employed by Hoxworth Blood Center. Hoxworth distributes more than 300,000 total blood components annually to 30 hospitals in a 17-county region in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Hoxworth Blood Center relies on 350 whole blood and 40 pheresis platelet donors daily to meet the needs of Tri-State patients.
Red blood cell storage has been extended from five days in glass bottles to 42 days using specialized polyvinyl chloride (PVC) bags.
Individual component therapy replaced whole blood usage in the mid-1970s. This allowed one donor to help as many as three patients. Hoxworth now supplies red blood cells, platelets, fresh frozen plasma and cryoprecipitate to our area hospitals. Automation is now utilized to maximize the collection of platelets and red blood cells from select donors.
From a one-room laboratory to a state-of-the-art facility with eight donor centers, Hoxworth continues to provide the safest possible blood supply for the patients in our community.