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34 - CAPE GAZETI'E, Friday, June 2 - June 8, 1995 Blood Bank of Delaware marks 40 years During the past 40 years, med- ical technology has changed con- stantly and become niore special- ized, making the need for blood and blood products more impor- tant than ever to the area's hospi- tal patients. In celebrating its 40th anniversary this month, Blood Bank of Delaware/Eastern Shore is proud to have served hundreds of thousands of local patients who have received lifesaving blood transfusions. The Blood Bank was created in 1955 by prominent insurance man James MCloskey and a group of business leaders to eliminate con- stant shortages and ease the bur- den of patients who were required to replace any blood they used in local hospitals. What resulted was a membership plan that not only eased this replacement burden, but created a reliable blood dona- tion system that has eliminated shortages in this area for the last three decades. Early on, recruiting members was a grassroots effort. Through extensive promotion, door-to- door canvassing of homes, and the extensive support of then-Gov. J. Caleb Boggs, the Blood Bank began operations in May, 1955 with 5,000 members. The DuPont Company, Wilmington Trust, Bank of Delaware and Kent Gen- eral Hospital were among thefirst supporters who are still active today. During its first 20 years, the Blood Bank was an organization that only scheduled donors to give blood at local hospitals. But, in 1977, the Blood Bank acquired the expertise to convert into a full- service "wet" blood bank that would draw, process, test and dis- tribute blood to area hospitals. All hospitals in Delaware and Mary- land's Eastern Shore now rely on Blood Bank of DelawareJEastern Shore for their total supply of blood and blood products for the 20,000 patients who require trans- fusions each year. The early 1980s was an era of change for the entire blood bank- ing industry as concern mounted over the possible transmission of HIV and other diseases through blood transfusions. In 1985, a test to detect HIV in blood was intro- duced and since then, over 500,000 transfusions have taken place in area hospitals without a single reported case of AIDS. The 1980s and early 1990s also saw a significant growth for the Blood Bank, culminating in a merger with Blood Bank of the Eastern Shore in 1991. The result is an organization that currently has six state-of-the- art blood donation centers and is the sole supplier of over 90,000 units of blood and blood products annually to all 19 hospitals throughout the 12 county region that encompasses Delaware and Strong initial support for the Blood Bank came from ninny local labor unions as shown in this photograph of Blood Bank administrator Grace Stilhnan signing up workers at the Gen- eral Motors Boxwood Road Plant in 1956. 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