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The slowing economy has hit even the blood bank business.

Bonfils Blood Center announced Monday it eliminated 44 jobs and closed two of seven donor centers in the Denver Metro Area because of the economic downturn.

Bonfils officials said in a release that demand for blood by out-of-state hospitals the agency serves has decreased over the last several months due in part to a reduction in elective and non-emergency surgeries, cost-cutting measures by health care facilities and more donations from local donors.

In response, Bonfils scaled back donation collections, which led to closures of its Lakewood and Aurora community donor centers, and eliminated nearly 10 percent of its workforce.

Thomas C. Puckett, president and CEO of Bonfils Blood Center, said in a statement that Bonfils’ priority remains providing needed blood to Colorado’s hospitals, physicians and their patients.

“Colorado’s hospital blood usage trends have remained steady; therefore, thousands of blood donations will still be needed each week to meet the needs of patients within our community,” he said in a statement.

Archived comments

What did blood ever do for us anyway? It’s not like you can drink it. Or make soup. Unless you’re a vampire, but I don’t know any vampires anyway.

These people who collect blood are weird folk.

Jesus_was_a_socialist

3/30/2009 8:06:42 PM

If people can’t sell pints of blood to keep going in these economic times, what are they going to sell?

Flyonthewall

3/30/2009 8:29:15 PM

Mr. Socialist – I’m sure you must think you are clever, but instead you present yourself to the online audience as an utter imbecile.Your remark disrespects individuals who donate blood for others, saving lives.The individuals who work for Bonfils are professionals who are respected by everyone in the community.You should apologize and then cease future postings on this site.

Reasoned_Response

3/30/2009 8:45:42 PM

No, I don’t think I’ll do that RR. Good day to you sir.

Jesus_was_a_socialist

3/30/2009 9:22:07 PM

Posted by Reasoned_Response on March 30, 2009 at 8:45 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You should apologize and then cease future postings on this site.

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YES SIR! Anything else sir? Thank you for setting the moral standard if not the humor standard in our community.

LMAO at your complete lack of reason mr reasoned response.

Flyonthewall

3/30/2009 9:30:27 PM

If people can’t sell pints of blood to keep going in these economic times, what are they going to sell?

laughinghard

3/30/2009 10:03:01 PM

I didn’t know that much of the blood I donated was being used for non-elective and non-emergency surgeries. Sounds like someone is profiting off of our blood. I might not donate anymore blood unless they can certify it’s not going to be used for elective surgery. Is Bonfils a non-profit?

jasoncotrell

3/31/2009 2:42:24 PM

jasoncotrell – Yes Bonfils is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to, in partnership with our community, save and enhance lives. The blood donations given by our generous donors are provided to hospital partners throughout the state to be transfused to patients in need.

BelleBonfils

4/1/2009 1:19:17 PM

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