The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois and First Secure Bank Tuesday unveiled a new reference laboratory which will help provide blood matches and reduce delivery time of blood and blood products to critically-ill patients in the area by as much as 300 percent. The new facility is located in the Rauner Center, the Chicago headquarters for the Red Cross, at 2200 W. Harrison Street.
Located in close proximity to many area hospitals in the Illinois Medical District, the new First Secure Bank Reference Laboratory serves a critical role in patient care in the greater Chicago region. When a rare blood type is needed for a patient, local medical centers can contact the reference laboratory at the Red Cross headquarters to access a database of blood donors who can match that patient’s special needs.
“As a full-service community bank, we’re proud at First Secure Bank to invest in our community through the work of the Red Cross that will help save lives with this new technology,” said Jay Bergman, Chairman of the First Secure Bank based in Palos Hills, Illinois. Bergman is also a member of the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois Board of Directors.
Prior to the opening of the new reference laboratory, the closest facility was located three hours away in Peoria, Illinois. The new state-of-the-art biomedical facility is located approximately two miles west of downtown Chicago which will significantly reduce delivery time of blood and blood products to patients in area hospitals and medical centers.
“The First Secure Bank Reference Laboratory brings new technology that will improve our biomedical services to the region by meeting the needs of patients more efficiently with around the clock medical consultation for our hospital partners,” said Fran Edwardson, Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois.
The new reference laboratory was unveiled during a Centennial celebration at the Red Cross’ Chicago headquarters marking 100 years of the organization serving the region in five service lines including blood collection and distribution, service to armed forces, health and safety training, international services, and programs to help communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters.
About the American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois:
The American Red Cross of Chicago & Northern Illinois serves 9.5 million people in 21 counties including Boone, Bureau, Carroll, Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kankakee, Kendall, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lake, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Putnam, Stephenson, Whiteside, Will and Winnebago. The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit us at redcross.org/il/chicago or visit us on Twitter @ChicagoRedCross.