Community Blood Services Acquires Selected Assets
from Blood Center of New Jersey
To Serve Donors and Hospitals
Community Blood Services (CBS) has begun serving the donors, blood drive sponsors and hospital customers of the Blood Center of New Jersey (BCNJ) in East Orange as of Monday, December 22 following the closing of BCNJ. Both organizations are not-for-profit and have provided the blood needed by patients in area hospitals for many years.
After experiencing serious financial setbacks in recent years, BCNJ has decided to pursue an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors instead of bankruptcy. As a result, Community Blood Services is acquiring selected assets, with transitional support from BCNJ, to continue servicing community donors and hospitals. The primary focus for CBS during this transition is to maintain a stable blood supply for BCNJ’s hospitals and to establish a solid foundation for a long-term relationship with BCNJ’s donors and blood drive sponsors to work together in support of the blood needs of New Jersey’s hospital patients.
Dr. Dennis Todd, Community Blood Services’ president and CEO, said he anticipates hiring a number of BCNJ’s frontline staff to continue to serve donors, blood drive sponsors and hospitals.
Coordinators for BCNJ blood drives or anyone else interested in setting up a blood drive with CBS can call 201-251-3703 to speak to an account manager about scheduling their drives. Volunteer donors can call the same number to find out locations and hours for donors centers and mobile blood drives where they can donate or click here for location sites and hours.
“Blood drives and volunteer donors are needed more than ever at this time of year when there are typically shortages because there are fewer blood drives and donors are on vacation during the holidays. The winter season also brings with it inclement weather and colds and flu that can keep donors away,” said Dr. Todd. “We welcome BCNJ’s donors and donor groups to help ensure we maintain an adequate supply for the patients who need it in our community hospitals throughout the winter months.”
Community Blood Services, which has been serving the community for more than 60 years, supplies blood and blood products to more than 18 hospitals in New Jersey and New York.