Debbie Colvin, RN, ASCP, who is celebrating her 30th year with LifeShare Blood Centers this month, has been inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame sponsored by Fenwal, Inc. The Donation Hall of Fame recognizes individuals nationwide who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to blood donation.
LifeShare Blood Centers will team up with Fenwal to induct Colvin into the Donation Hall of Fame at a ceremony to be held March 19, 2012 at LifeShare Blood Centers in Shreveport, La. Colvin will be honored for her 30 years of service to LifeShare and the blood donation community that have included countless acts of dedication and her personal blood donation, which includes more than 20 gallons.
“We are so pleased that Fenwal has chosen one of our most tenured employees to be inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame. The impact of Debbie’s own blood donation is multiplied by her leadership and dedication evident in her widespread contributions to the industry and her personal attention and recognition to LifeShare’s donors,” says Margaret Wallace, President/CEO of LifeShare Blood Centers.
During Colvin’s career with LifeShare she has embraced new technology spearheading LifeShare’s apheresis program in 1989. She has also been devoted to developing other blood centers use of apheresis technology throughout the nation and Europe.
Blood centers across the country submit nominations for each year’s Donation Hall of Fame. Winners were chosen based on their demonstrated commitment and passion to donating blood and/or encouraging blood donation.
“Each and every donor inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame is an amazing individual, and we are honored to be able to recognize Debbie Colvin with this award,” said Ron Labrum, Fenwall president and CEO. “The gift of blood is a gift of life and we hope these donors’ stories will inspire others to support their communities through blood donation.”
Colvin is certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology – Hemapheresis Practitioner HP (ASCP) and is a member of the American Society for Apheresis (ASFA) and ASCP. She is also a certified trainer for numerous Fenwal/Baxter program machines.
LifeShare Blood Centers regularly supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. Founded in Shreveport, La. in 1942, it is a nonprofit community service provider governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and accredited by AABB.
Fenwal is a leading, global healthcare company focused on the development, manufacture and marketing of products and services for the transfusion medicine industry. The company provides a comprehensive portfolio of products and services for manual and automated blood collection, processing and storage. For more information, please visit www.fenwalinc.com.