SunCoast Blood Bank Holds Inaugural Boots vs Badges in Manatee County
The Competition Brought in More Than Eighty Blood Donors!
Bradenton, FL- Manatee County first responders participated in a friendly competition on Saturday, December 13 to see which agency could raise the most number of blood donors for SunCoast Blood Bank (SCBB). Suncoast Behavioral Health Center hosted the competition. The highlights of the day included a fly in from Bayflite 2 Emergency Helicopter Service, K-9 demonstrations from the Palmetto Police Department, and tours of fire engines and a SWAT vehicle.
This year firefighters took home the trophy with 46 units donated in their honor; law enforcement raised 35 units of blood. “The real winners are the patients whose lives depend on the 81 units of blood collected at this drive,” said Jason Carney, Chief Operating Officer and Transfusion Safety Officer of SCBB. SCBB is the sole provider of blood products for Manatee Healthcare System and Bayflite 2. Blood collected from Boots vs. Badges is used to serve the needs of local patients.
About SCBB – SunCoast Blood Bank (SCBB) is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization providing a reliable supply of safe blood products and services to our community for 65 years. SCBB provides 100% of the blood products and services for Sarasota Memorial Healthcare System, Manatee Memorial Hospital, Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, Complex Care Hospital of Ridgelake, HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Sarasota, Surgery Center at St. Andrews Venice, North Port Emergency Room, Fawcett Memorial Hospital of Port Charlotte, Englewood Community Hospital, DeSoto Memorial Hospital and Bayflite 2. SCBB is recognized as a distinguished provider with outstanding customer service and the ability to provide rare blood services onsite. For SCBB donor locations and more information, visit www.scbb.org or call 1-866-97-BLOOD.