Indiana Blood Center Cutting Jobs As Demand Drops

A 25 percent drop in demand for blood supplies across the state is forcing the blood center to make budget cuts.

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A man has his blood drawn at a blood drive.

The Indiana Blood Center announced Monday it is cutting 45 positions across the state.

IBC Spokesperson Wendy Nehringer says hospital demand for blood supplies has dropped.

“What we forecasted for hospitals to need twelve months ago, is coming out about 20 percent to 25 percent lower than what we expected. Hospitals are doing a better job, which is a good thing, of utilizing those resources. Their transfusion practices are changing,” she says.

The drop in demand has caused an 8 percent decline in revenue for the Indiana Blood Center.

As a result, IBC is also closing its donor center in Avon and is streamlining its mobile blood centers from six to three across the state.

After the layoffs, IBC will still have roughly 382 employees statewide.

Despite technological and procedural advances, IBC still must collect at least 130,000 blood units each year for more that 60 Indiana hospitals it serves.

IBC has eight facilities across the state, including ones in Columbus, Greenwood and Terre Haute.

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