AURORA, Ill., Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Heartland Blood Centers, the leading supplier of donated blood to more than 70 Chicago-area hospitals, today announced the appointment of Alexander Carterson, M.D., Ph.D., as Heartland's medical director.
"Our top priority is to provide a safe and reliable supply of blood to our hospital partners who depend on Heartland blood products for their patients," said Michelle Robinson, president of Heartland. "As new threats such as the Zika virus emerge, we must remain vigilant to protect the integrity of the blood supply. Dr. Carterson's academic and clinical experience in transfusion medicine will help advance this important work to ensure Heartland remains at the forefront of reliable blood and blood products for the Chicagoland area."
Dr. Carterson will serve as a resource for hospital-based physicians on transfusion medicine, provide medical oversight for donors, and participate in research to advance the care of patients.
Dr. Carterson was a clinical fellow in transfusion medicine at the Harvard Combined Transfusion Program before accepting his position at Heartland Blood Centers. He earned an undergraduate degree in cellular and molecular biology from University of Michigan, medical doctorate from Tulane University, and Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology, also from Tulane. Dr. Carterson completed his residency in pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston where he served for two years as chief resident.
About Heartland Blood Centers
Heartland Blood Centers is a not-for-profit, independent blood center established in 1943 to provide blood and blood products to patients in need. Heartland is unique in that the donations from its volunteer donors remain in Northern Illinois and Northwest Indiana. Heartland serves over 70 hospitals in 12 counties including Kane, McHenry, DeKalb, Will, DuPage, Cook, Grundy, Kendall, Lee, Ogle and LaSalle in Illinois, and Lake County in Indiana.
In addition to serving area hospitals, Heartland Blood Centers partners with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, the Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois and Northwestern University in Blood Cancer Research to enhance the care of patients who are affected by blood-related diseases.
Heartland is affiliated with Versiti, an alliance of healthcare organizations whose vision is to improve the health of patients as the national leader in innovative transfusion solutions for healthcare systems through a comprehensive range of services, including transfusion medicine, transplantation, stem cell and cellular therapies, hematology, oncology and genomics.
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SOURCE Heartland Blood Centers