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Change In Blood Supply For Some Hospitals

A change in where some health care providers obtain their blood supply.

IU Health, St. Vincent Health and Union Hospitals will stop obtaining blood from the Indianan Blood Center and switch to the Red Cross starting in 2015.

The reason is lower costs.

That will amount to a nearly $20 million dollar loss for the non-profit Blood Center.

If there is an emergency or blood shortage then these health groups could still use the Blood Center.

The Red Cross was founded by a Federal Congressional Chatter in 1905.

The organization does not receive regular budgeted funding from the Federal Government but it does receive large amounts of federal tax dollars.

Those dollars are reimbursement for conducting emergency relief as a sub contractor for the Federal Government.