Kingsport Times-News: ECU donates $295K for new Marsh mobile blood donation unit
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ECU donates $295K for new Marsh mobile blood donation unit

Staff report • May 22, 2019 at 9:00 PM

KINGSPORT — Eastman Credit Union (ECU) has donated $295,000 to the Ballad Health Foundation for the purchase of a new mobile collection unit for the Marsh Regional Blood Center, Ballad Health announced on Wednesday.

Marsh serves the Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia area as the sole provider of blood for Ballad Health hospitals and depends on donations to meet the community’s need.

“We are so grateful for ECU’s generosity and can’t thank them enough for this incredible gift,” said Don Campbell, director of Marsh. “Giving the gift of life is such a special thing, and this new mobile collection unit will help Marsh grow even more to meet the need of our community.”

This new collection unit is the second one provided by ECU. Three years ago, ECU donated $250,000 to replace an older model. The new 40-foot, four-bed unit will operate five days a week for 52 weeks per year, and will be able to collect 35 units per day. Since 2016, the first unit provided by ECU has served 15,000 donors and collected 30,000 units of blood.

“It’s part of ECU’s philosophy to give back to the communities we serve,” said Olan O. Jones Jr., CEO and president of ECU. “Marsh touches the lives of everyone within our membership area. Either you or somebody you know has been impacted by the work Marsh does. It’s an honor to be able to provide a new mobile unit that will help to make a difference all around the region.”

Marsh’s services span a 7,000-square-mile service area with its fleet of four vehicles, soon to be five. Wholly owned by Ballad Health, the blood center is the sole provider of blood to 28 regional medical facilities, all local cancer centers, and five air rescue bases in Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.

In addition to visiting a mobile collection unit, community members are welcome to visit Marsh’s Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City locations to make a donation.

ECU has 27 locations and serves approximately 225,000 members in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Visit any location, or www.ecu.org, to learn more about how ECU improves the lives of members and the communities it serves.

Learn more about Marsh at https://marshblood.com.

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