PARSIPPANY — Community Blood Services, headquartered in Montvale, plans to reopen the Parsippany donor center that was shut down following the closing of the Blood Center of New Jersey (BCNJ) in East Orange.
A not-for-profit healthcare organization, Community Blood Services is one of the largest providers of blood products and transfusion services needed by patients in area hospitals. Serving its community for more than 60 years, it supplies more than 18 hospitals in New Jersey and New York.
“We are hoping to reopen the donor center at 1259 Route 46 to platelet and blood donors as soon as possible,” said Kathleen McKenna, vice president of operations at Community Blood Services. “We are targeting February for a potential grand opening and will let donors know as soon as a date is set.”
In the meantime, McKenna said former BCNJ blood and platelet donors can continue to make their life-giving donations at Community Blood Services’ Lincoln Park Donor Center, 63 Beaverbrook Road, Suite 304, or call (201) 251-3703 for other convenient donation sites or mobile blood drives.
Community Blood Services’ Lincoln Park center is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, noon to 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“We invite BCNJ’s donors and donor groups to continue making their lifesaving donations and run blood drives with us to help ensure an adequate supply of blood, platelets and plasma is always on hand for the patients who need transfusions,” McKenna said.
BCNJ closed its doors in late December after experiencing serious financial setbacks and pursuing an Assignment for the Benefit of Creditors. As a result, Community Blood Services acquired selected assets to continue servicing BCNJ’s community donors and hospitals.
The primary focus for Community Blood Services since BCNJ closed has been to maintain a stable blood supply for BCNJ’s hospitals and to establish a solid foundation for a long-term relationship with BCNJ’s donors and blood drive sponsors in support of the blood needs of New Jersey’s hospital patients.
McKenna said Community Blood Services also has hired a number of BCNJ’s frontline staff to continue to serve donors, blood drive sponsors and hospitals.
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