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Clinic Entrance to Wright-Patterson Medical Center, closest entrance to access the Wright Patterson donor center.

The Wright-Patterson Blood Donor Center began as a contingency operation within the Air Force Blood Program. It was a one-room, one-person donor center in the Medical Center collecting whole blood to include autologous and therapeutic units. The number of units shipped to the Armed Services Whole Blood Processing Laboratory was minimal during periods of peacetime, and one mobile drive was held each month consisting of one donor center civilian and a small team of active military laboratory clinicians.

After 911, the blood donor center operation was expanded. A few military persons were given "permanent" positions in the donor center and a small team of civilian phlebotomists joined the team as well. Blood drives were held once a week, and due to staffing issues, the fixed donor center closed whenever the mobile team was active. In 2005-06 the center and staff made a full transition away from contingency mode. Blood drives were held daily and the fixed site operated in concert with mobile drives. Permanent management positions were established and additional staff was hired. The one-room donor center began taking over neighboring offices, and in 2006 a total renovation was completed. The Wright-Patterson Blood Donor Center now consists of two staffed offices and a spacious drawing room as well as a large processing room. No longer a one-person operation, mobile and donor center collections are accomplished through a team of experts consisting of over 25 military, civilian and contracted personnel.