Overview

When 3.7 million residents of Louisiana, east Texas and southern Arkansas require blood, they depend on LifeShare Blood Centres. For more than 70 years, the Shreveport-based nonprofit has supplied hospitals and other medical facilities with vital red blood cell, plasma and platelet components. One in three residents will require blood at some point, and their lives will depend on that supply being available.

Hurricane Katrina, the devastating August 2005 Gulf Coast disaster, played havoc with LifeShare and its blood supply as the storm closed several of their regional centres, increased blood demand substantially, kept donors from giving blood and, consequently, decreased levels of critical blood types to dangerously low levels.

Hurricane Katrina prompted LifeShare to evaluate their disaster recovery systems. LifeShare needed to retain a vendor to provide disaster recovery services for its critical IT systems and infrastructure, including its blood banking programs.

About LifeShare Blood Centers

  • Headquarters: Shreveport, La.
  • Nonprofit blood bank that serves Louisiana, east Texas, southern Arkansas
  • Employees: 475
  • 2013 Revenues: $50.5 million
  • Uses Sungard Availability Services Recover2Cloud

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