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News Release
Bloodworks Northwest and Legacy Emanuel and Randall Children's to Connect Blood Donors and Recipients for First Time - 05/02/19

New “Thank-A-Donor” Technology Allows Crucial Connection in Partnership with Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randall Children’s Hospital

On Monday, May 6, Bloodworks Northwest is launching the Thank-The-Donor™ Program in partnership with Legacy Health. Thank-The-Donor™ is a free, easy-to-use, tool that enables one-way messages of gratitude to be sent from a blood recipient or their loved ones to a blood donor while maintaining the privacy of both parties.

For the first time in the Portland area, patients at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and Randall Children’s Hospital will have the option to send anonymous messages of thanks to the actual people who donated the blood that helped save their lives.


Bloodworks Northwest is the largest regional blood bank in the Pacific Northwest, supplying blood to about 100 hospitals throughout the region – including the hospitals in the Legacy Health System. The Thank-The-Donor™ Program will launch at Emanuel and Randall Children’s hospitals first and rolled out to the other Legacy hospitals by the end of May. By the end of June, the Program will launch at many of the other hospitals served by Bloodworks Northwest.

Thank-The-Donor™ was created by the Oklahoma Blood Institute and is being licensed for use to Bloodworks Northwest. Bloodworks is the first blood bank to launch the tool in the Pacific Northwest.

Legacy Emanuel Media – Vicki Guinn, vguinn@lhs.org, (cell) 503-890-6216 

John Yeager Bloodworks Northwest jyeager@bloodworksnw.org  425-765-9845

Media availability at Legacy Emanuel 2801 N. Gantenbein Avenue Portland, OR 97227  Monday, May 6th 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


About Legacy Health

Legacy Health is a local, nonprofit health system with six hospitals and dedicated children’s care offered at Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel. Legacy also includes more than 70 primary care, specialty and urgent care clinics, as well as almost 3,000 providers who are either employed, on the medical staff or part of Legacy Health Partners. We have lab, research and hospice services. Among our major partnerships are PacificSource Health Plans and the Unity Center for Behavioral Health.  Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/legacyhealth and on Twitter at @OurLegacyHealth.