Saturday, November 6, 2004

New home for Hoxworth center

Western Hills facility twice the size

By Angela T. Koenig
Enquirer contributor

COVEDALE - The Hoxworth Blood Center Western Hills has moved to a bigger facility at 2041 Anderson Ferry Road.

"We have some of the most loyal donors in Cincinnati, who would come wherever we are, but this is really a nice gift for them. It's just a beautiful place," said Suzanne Kemper, a registered nurse and team leader.

The new center is 2,000 square feet larger, about double the size of the location at 2345 Ferguson Road.The satellite site, established in 1988, houses Hoxworth's central calling operations.

The improvements on space and added technology will allow more donors to be seen and make the call center more efficient, said Hoxworth spokesman Michael Anderson. The site, he said, saw more than 6,700donors from July 1, 2003, to June 1, 2004.

"We feel it is our duty to provide larger donor centers and more convenient ways to donate," he said.

Costs to relocate and install equipment for automated blood collections and communications technology were about $85,000, he said.

Hoxworth Blood Center, operated by the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, has eight neighborhood donor centers in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. The centers collect, test, process and distribute blood and blood components to 25 hospitals in 15 Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

For more information, (513) 558-1200 or (800) 265-1515.

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