Blood Bank of Alaska purchases Fairbanks location

Published: May. 20, 2022 at 4:58 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - For 17 years, the Fairbanks location for the Blood Bank of Alaska has been collecting live-saving resources from the community.

Now, after occupying their Airport Way location since its construction, the non-profit is finally able to purchase the building for $1.2 million.

Bob Scanlon, CEO for the Blood Bank of Alaska said, “We enjoy being in Fairbanks tremendously. The Fairbanks community is so incredibly supportive. It is probably one of the most supportive communities in the state.”

Scanlon hopes that this will lend stability to the Blood Bank’s presence in the Interior. “We’ve always thought of ourselves as members of the community, but now we actually own property there, so we are members of the community. We’re not going anywhere.”

The Fairbanks location could one day refine its own product again, instead of blood being sent down to Anchorage. “With ownership of the building, that just provides us some versatility that we don’t have currently,” Scanlon said.

As a permanent location, the Fairbanks facility could also act as a backup for Anchorage, according to Scanlon. “If there’s something that would ever occur that would preclude us from having operations in Anchorage, we would be able to hand the baton over to Fairbanks, and they would be able to provide that representation for the Blood Bank.”

With summer heating up, the demand for donated blood is expected to rise. “The need actually goes up in the summer months,” Scanlon said, “because people are in the backcountry doing things that are exciting and fun, but also carry with it, maybe, some risks.”

Those interested in donating are encouraged to contact the Blood Bank of Alaska. More information can be found here.

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