EASTMAN CREDIT UNION PROVIDES GIFT FOR MARSH REGIONAL MOBILE UNIT
KINGSPORT– Greater comfort for blood donors will be available in a new mobile collection unit with the latest amenities made possible through a gift of more than $250,000 by Eastman Credit Union to Wellmont Foundation for use by Marsh Regional Blood Center.
“We are very grateful to Eastman Credit Union for this donation,” Marsh Regional Director Don Campbell says. “This is a great example of one not-for-profit organization investing in two other not-for-profit organizations to better the community.”
The new mobile unit replaces another in Marsh Regional’s fleet that has over 23 years of service. During that time, records show over 130,000 people walked through the doors to give blood. That means the retiring mobile has collected blood that touched as many as 390,000 lives.
“Those numbers demonstrate the value of this new vehicle,” Campbell points out. “There is no dollar amount anyone can place on such a significant impact it has on the people in our region.”
Eastman Credit Union leaders are excited to be part of such an important project.
“It’s part of ECU’s philosophy to give back to the communities we serve. Marsh Regional touches the lives of everyone within our membership area. Either you or somebody you know has been impacted by the work Marsh Regional 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,” states Olan O. Jones, Jr., CEO and president of ECU.
This unit is the latest example of Eastman Credit Union enhancing health care. In 2011, Eastman Credit Union provided $100,000 toward the purchase of da Vinci Surgical System at Holston Valley Medical Center. This technology can be used to perform complex and delicate procedures, especially those related to cancer, with great accuracy while requiring smaller incisions.
“ECU has been a great friend to Wellmont Health System and Marsh Regional and shown a keen understanding of the impact organizations can have on the community through philanthropy,” says Todd Norris, Wellmont’s senior vice president for system advancement and the foundation’s president. “The partnerships we have developed with companies and individuals in our region have enabled us to enhance our care delivery and ability to save lives, as well as reinforce the depth and breadth of services we offer.”
Bart Hove, Wellmont’s president and CEO, says ECU’s community spirit will elevate the quality of life and quality of care in the region.
“Eastman Credit Union has repeatedly demonstrated a willingness to support the communities it serves, and we appreciate this organization’s commitment to our region’s only locally based blood supplier by providing this unit,” Hove comments. “Marsh Regional is a key partner in our ability to save people’s lives, and this new unit will be an important factor in ensuring the hospitals it serves will have a sufficient amount of blood to meet the needs of patients.”
The new mobile unit has a paint scheme that represents the partnership between ECU and Marsh Regional.
“This type of partnership allows both organizations to utilize their strengths to achieve maximum results,” Campbell says. “Marsh Regional has a fleet of five mobile blood collection units, so we are familiar with the expense of replacing and growing the fleet as part of our budget. With a community leader such as ECU stepping in and bearing the expense of this mobile, Marsh Regional can focus financial resources on other areas of our operation.”
The new ECU/Marsh Regional bloodmobile will be seen on area roadways starting the first week of February. The unit is being put into service at a dedication ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 10:30 a.m. The first blood drive will be held on-site at the ECU Meadowview location immediately following the ceremony.
Marsh Regional still needs to purchase another mobile unit to efficiently and effectively serve Marsh Regional’s donors. Anyone who is interested in this acquisition can contact the foundation at 423-230-8550 or wellmontfoundation.org.
EASTMAN CREDIT UNION
Founded in 1934, ECU is a not-for-profit, financial services cooperative with over $3.2 billion in assets. With over 167,000 members worldwide and more than 600 employees, ECU operates 24 branch offices and more than 70 ATMs, and provides access to over 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide via the Allpoint network. ECU serves those who live, work, worship, attend school, or own a business in most of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, as well as a portion of Texas. For additional information about ECU, visit www.ecu.org or call 800.999.2328.
Wellmont Health System
Wellmont Health System is a leading provider of health care services for Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, delivering top-quality, comprehensive health care, wellness, and long-term care services across the region. Wellmont facilities include Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.; Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn.; Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, Va.; Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.; Hawkins County Memorial Hospital in Rogersville, Tenn.; and Hancock County Hospital in Sneedville, Tenn. For more information about Wellmont, please visit www.wellmont.org.
MARSH REGIONAL BLOOD CENTER
Marsh Regional Blood Center has been the largest hometown supplier of blood and blood products in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia for more than 68 years. Since establishing the region’s first hospital-based blood bank in Kingsport in 1947, the mission of Marsh Regional has been to collect and maintain blood supplies to meet local needs. Through generous support from thousands of our family members, friends, and neighbors, Marsh Regional has steadily grown and today supplies 16 medical facilities and four cancer centers, all located in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. Marsh Regional is Tennessee’s only hospital-based blood bank and is 100 percent self-sufficient. For more information about Marsh Regional Blood Center please visit www.marshblood.com or call 423.408.7500.