Blood Bank of Hawaii appoints new President and CEO

Blood Bank of Hawaii’s Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Kim-Anh T. Nguyen, MD, PhD, as the organization’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Nguyen assumed the leadership position on Feb. 1 and plans on focusing her efforts on “innovations that meet the changing needs of patients and hospitals in Hawaii,” states a Feb. 4 press release.

“The healthcare environment is fraught with competition, financial pressure and constant change.  Under the new health care reform, hospitals, clinics and other health related venues will be doing more with less,” Nguyen said in a follow-up interview. “These are uncertain times and having essential partners and resources in place is critical for survival. Blood Bank of Hawaii plans to help in this time of uncertainty by being at the forefront of partnerships with hospitals to help “assess, adapt and manage blood transfusions.”

Blood Bank Hawaii plans to expand blood drives into new communities as well as increase the length of drives. BBH also says it intends to improve donor experience and convenience by implementing new blood banking software to streamline the process while maintaining the highest safety and quality standards.

“I see BBH as an essential resource to our hospital partners for services from transfusion and blood management expertise to cell and tissue collection for emerging cellular therapies,” said Nguyen.

Nguyen, highly regarded within the blood banking industry, is a member of AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks), College of American Pathology, American Society of Clinical Pathology, America’s Blood Centers: Scientific, Medical and Technical Forum and American Society of Hematology. Prior to joining Blood Bank of Hawaii, Nguyen spent eight years as medical director of Blood Centers of the Pacific in San Francisco, concurrently serving as chief medical officer of the Western Region for United Blood Services, where she led the regional transfusion medicine consultation service and advanced patient safety initiatives.

“Dr. Nguyen brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the healthcare industry to Blood Bank of Hawaii, and we are thrilled to have her as the next leader of the organization,” said Lori McCarney, chair of Blood Bank of Hawaii’s board of trustees. “The board and senior management team are confident that Dr. Nguyen is the right person to carry out the long-term strategic plan that serves as the guide rail for the organization to continue to benefit patients in need.”

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