LIFELINE Blood Services Receives Gift from The Foundation

August 29, 2022

LIFELINE Blood Services Receives Gift from West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation’s Community Fund

LIFELINE BLOOD SERVICES had a critical need, and the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation helped address it.

LIFELINE was recently presented with a financial gift for a valuable piece of new equipment: a professional medical-grade refrigerator with advanced monitoring and control.

Gina Humphreys, LIFELINE’s Director of Technical Services shares, "A blood sample is required to be retained on all donors from each donation in case additional testing needs to be performed. The new refrigerator will be used to store these retention samples for 7 weeks.  It will also be used as a backup for blood bank reagents that are required to be stored at refrigerated temperatures.”

“We are so grateful to have the support of The Foundation who invests in the health and well-being of our community! The new refrigerator is extremely beneficial to LIFELINE and our life saving mission in West Tennessee,” shares Melinda Reid, LIFELINE’s Marketing Manager.

“Having access to safe blood products is critical for everyone, and we are honored to partner with LIFELINE to provide this refrigerator,” said Dr. Frank McMeen, President of The Foundation. “This assistance is a vital connection to our purpose which is to strengthen the health and well-being of the communities we serve.”

To learn about donating blood, donors can call (731) 427-4431 or visit

Today, LIFELINE provides blood services to 20 West Tennessee counties supplying 17 local hospitals and 14 air ambulances. Annually, the Center collects approximately26,000 blood products (red cell units, platelets, plasma, etc.) to meet the needs of patients. LIFELINE also provides reference lab and cross-matching services to healthcare facilities.

Having access to safe blood products is critical for everyone, and we are honored to partner with LIFELINE to provide this refrigerator.
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