The Rail is coming to the Dillingham Corridor, which means changes for many area businesses including the Blood Bank of Hawaii.
The Blood Bank of Hawaii has been based on Dillingham Boulevard since 1979. Each day around 70 donors give blood at the location. That’s about a third of the 200 units needed daily.
But that will change with the coming of the Rail.
“We know that when construction starts along the Dillingham Corridor, we anticipate our donors will see traffic delays and a harder time getting off the highway, so we’re being proactive,” BBH President and CEO Kim-Anh Nguyen said.
The Young Street center is two years old and underused.
“We’re going to completely renovate the donor floor, expand the number of chairs, expand the canteen and in addition to that, we’re going to increase our hours of operation,” Nguyen said. “I foresee that center will be open seven days a week and at least six days a week for whole blood.”
The blood bank will also increase its mobile blood drive program and is looking to purchase another blood mobile.
Long time donors said it’s a big change, but it won’t stop them from donating — somewhere.
“Well it’s too good for improvement with Rail coming through but for myself, the drive, I don’t think I’ll be going (to be) driving down. I’ll be going to the mobile in Mililani,” donor Steve Ito said.
Donor Gary Watanabe said he’s willing to go to Young Street because he understands donating is that important.
The blood bank will announce the exact date for the move as soon as its renovations are finished.
Currently the blood bank is looking for an interim home for its critical operation functions, which includes blood processing, testing and distribution.