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Coastal Blood Foundation Announces Third Annual Grants

Innovative blood supply and blood illness projects and programs funded in NE Florida 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., June 25, 2019 – The Coastal Blood Foundation announces it has granted more than $561,000 to area researchers, hospitals and educational programs focused on blood supply and blood illness projects in Northeast Florida. The funds are being distributed to area organizations focused on research and innovation for blood and blood-related products and services, related education, as well as identifying and supporting community outreach activities that continue the fight against blood-related diseases. The 2018 grants are nearly 35 percent more than last year’s total of $422,000.

Recipients of the 2019 grants are local, regional and national organizations performing research, education and outreach to improve the health of North Florida residents.

“We are proud to award these grants to important and innovative projects in our community,” said Jim Sebesta, chairman of the board of Coastal Blood Foundation. “These initiatives are creating programs and research to directly improve the health of our region’s residents.”

Grant Recipient Details

  • AABB National Blood Foundation will receive $75,000 to fund one early-career medical research grant in transfusion medicine & cellular therapies
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital will receive $17,493 for its positive patient identification systems for blood sampling, improving patient safety.
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital $10,197 for a massive transfusion protocol rapid fluid/blood infuser & warmer to improve patient safety, infusion temperature control, air-in-line detection and rapid blood infusion in critical care unit.
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital will receive $6,287 for an Epoch Blood Analysis Device and Computer Connectivity to reduce critical patient testing results turnaround from over half hour to minutes, accelerating clinical decisions, with immediate charting into patient’s medical record.
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital will receive $50,000 for the continuation of the foundation’s 2018 financial support for integrated sickle cell disease management program.
  • Beaufort Memorial Hospital will receive $2,336 in financial support for Blood Conservation Coordinator to attend professional development conference.
  • OneBlood will receive $42,766 for a research project to compare weak Rh (D) typing methods, (serology vs. molecular) for use in emergency/urgent care
  • Mayo Clinic Jacksonville will receive $60,000 to fund various educational activities available to Mayo staff and staff of all Jacksonville-area hospital staff at no charge
  • Mayo Clinic Jacksonville will receive $100,000 for its groundbreaking research of impact of blood donor age in red blood cell nitrosylation.
  • Mayo Clinic Jacksonville and FSCJ will receive $23,800 to fund their joint program for select college freshmen students, including a 4-day laboratory science immersion.
  • St Vincent’s HealthCare Jacksonville will receive $17,457 for a teaching microbiology microscope for the medical laboratory science program
  • Vincent’s HealthCare Jacksonville will also receive $25,000 for its student scholarship support for 10 students to pursue blood laboratory careers in Jacksonville.
  • UF Health Jacksonville will receive $6,000 to support transfusion medicine fellow expenses to receive training at the OneBlood Reference Laboratories in St. Petersburg and support expenses for two attendees of the AABB meeting in San Antonio, TxTransfusion medicine.
  • UF Health Jacksonville will also receive $125,000 to initiate its Jacksonville Benign Hematology Care Program, a multi-year project to lead planning, development, standardization of protocols and procedures, and coordination of care for hematology patients with sickle cell anemia and other anemias.

The Coastal Blood Foundation was created by the merger of The Blood Alliance with nonprofit OneBlood in 2015. The merger created a more than $15 million endowment to fund the foundation and support grant recipient research, education and outreach initiatives in the area previously served by The Blood Alliance, primarily the five-county Northeast Florida region. The organization’s goal is to manage its endowment and perpetually distribute funds to organizations performing advanced blood supply research, outreach initiatives to improve health outcomes for those with blood-related illnesses and educational programs.

The mission of the Coastal Blood Foundation is to extend the legacy of the former Blood Alliance, originally established as the Jacksonville Blood Bank in 1942 through volunteer funding. The Blood Alliance had a 73-year history of providing a safe, available and affordable blood supply to the First Coast and nearby hospitals. The Coastal Blood Foundation is managed by a 100 percent volunteer board and has a partnership with The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida to assist in administering the grant requests and disbursements.

The Coastal Blood Foundation awards grants to U.S. 501(c)(3) organizations and other tax-exempt organizations through a board-led nomination and selection process. The foundation funds research initiatives that support the safety and availability of blood products in all aspects of collection, testing, distribution, storage, use and related services; outreach initiatives with the potential to improve health outcomes for individuals and populations affected by blood-related illnesses and educational forums that promote professional development to assure state-of-the-art services for the future.

The Coastal Blood Foundation of Jacksonville is a nonprofit foundation established as an endowment foundation through proceeds from The Blood Alliance/OneBlood merger in 2015. Governed by a fully-volunteer board of directors, the endowed fund seeks to fund annual grants that support advancement and innovation of research, education and outreach initiatives related to the blood supply and blood-related illnesses. The foundation manages a $15+ million endowment fund and invites grantees to inquire annually for funds. The organization’s focus is to improve health outcomes for those with blood-related illnesses while ensuring a safe and reliable community blood supply. For more info visit

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