Health Care: BloodSource leases space for permanent facility

BloodSource, a Sacramento area-based blood supplier of hospitals in Central and Northern California, has leased nearly 7,200 square feet at 3505 Industrial Drive in Santa Rosa, which will be the company's permanent location for Sonoma County.

The not-for-profit organizations' move into Santa Rosa comes just months after San Francisco-based Blood Centers of the Pacific absorbed longtime regional provider Blood Bank of the Redwoods, becoming the area's predominant blood bank.

BloodSource, based in Mather, is relatively new to Sonoma County, with its next closest location in Solano County. In July, the company announced its presence in the region by setting up mobile blood donation centers around Santa Rosa while it sought a permanent location. It was around the same time Blood Centers of the Pacific finalized the merger with Blood Bank of the Redwoods. BloodSource said at the time that it would be fully operational in Santa Rosa by mid-December.

Devon Bazzano, a longtime Sonoma County resident who previously worked for Blood Bank of the Redwoods, will direct operations for BloodSource in Santa Rosa. Initially, the blood bank will have seven full-time employees, including herself, and will be open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, while on Tuesdays and Thursdays it will collect blood by way of its mobile operation, Ms. Bazzano said.

"I’m beyond excited to introduce BloodSource again to Santa Rosa and the county," Ms. Bazzano said. " It's exciting to open a permanent location."***

OffSiteCare, a telemedicine company founded by Sebastopol physician Dr. James Gude, has opened a central hub in San Francisco, where it it intends to provide nighttime hospitalist and specialist consultations for seven Northern California hospitals, including several in the North Bay, the company said.

By opening the San Francisco hub, OffSiteCare is "leveling the playing field" by extending advanced technologies to rural hospitals from major medical facilities, the company said.

Dr. Gude, a professor of medicine at University of California, San Francisco who practices at Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, founded OffSiteCare in 2007 as a means of sharing complicated procedures with more remote hospitals that may lack certain specialists needed for complex surgeries.

"By providing medical consultation and care from our hub in San Francisco, we've created a cost-effective model that will give rural hospitals access to key medical services that used to be beyond their physical and economic outreach," Dr. Gude said.

OffSiteCare provides continuing medical education credits for physicians and nurses in remote sites,  including: Frank Howard Memorial in Willits; St. Helena Hospital Clear Lake in Lake County; Mendocino Coast Hospital in Fort Bragg; Healdsburg District Hospital; Redwood Memorial in Fortuna; Ukiah Valley Medical Center; and Palm Drive.

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