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.