Puget Sound Blood Center, the 71-year-old blood-collection and distribution agency, has changed its name to Bloodworks Northwest to reflect a reach that has grown beyond the Seattle area, officials said Wednesday.
Established in 1944, the center was one of the nation’s first independent, nonprofit community blood banks. Today, Bloodworks Northwest, also known as BloodworksNW, serves 90 hospitals in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Some 250,000 blood donors each year make the community-based blood supply possible.
In addition to blood services, BloodworksNW operates one of the few blood centers in the U.S. with a cutting-edge research institute, with more than 70 scientists leading investigations into blood biology, transfusion practices, thrombosis and blood disorders.
Blood donations are accepted at 12 centers, plus community blood drives. Appointments can be made by calling 1-800-398-7888, or visit www.bloodworksnw.org.