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Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center announced name change

The not-for-profit community blood center is the blood provider to 120 hospitals in Illinois,...
The not-for-profit community blood center is the blood provider to 120 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, and was previously known by three different names: Central Illinois Community Blood Center, Community Blood Services of Illinois, and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.(source: Impact Life)
Published: May. 4, 2021 at 2:40 PM CDT
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DAVENPORT, Iowa (KYOU) -In a change that will align its employees, donors, and volunteers of its four-state service region under a single identity, Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (MVRBC) is changing its name to ImpactLife.

The not-for-profit community blood center is the blood provider to 120 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, and Wisconsin, and was previously known by three different names: Central Illinois Community Blood Center, Community Blood Services of Illinois, and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center.

The name change is effective May 3rd.

In announcing the name change, Chief Executive Officer Mike Parejko stressed the importance of having a single, common identity. “We are proud of our strong history and the reputation we have developed under our previous names, but the time has come to bring all of our team, donors, and volunteers under a shared identity that emphasizes the impact of our work on the communities we have the pleasure to serve.”

Central Illinois Community Blood Center, (based in Springfield, Illinois) Community Blood Services of Illinois (based in Urbana, Illinois), and Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center (based in Davenport, Iowa) were established independently in the 1970s.

The three organizations joined forces in 2010 and 2011 to form a single entity that today has a service region that extends from Madison, Wisconsin to St. Louis, Missouri. Since the time of their merger, the blood center’s legal and regulatory name (for licensing purposes) has been maintained as Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center, but the organization has done business as all three names in various parts of its service region.

The legal and regulatory name will remain unchanged after May 3rd and the blood center will do business as ImpactLife with all communities and partners moving forward.

This change will affect the blood center located right here in Ottumwa, Iowa.

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