Partnership to address the need for blood and platelet donations during challenging time
FARMINGTON, Conn. (January 8, 2021) - ConnectiCare, a leading Connecticut health plan, has donated $50,000 to support the work of the American Red Cross Biomedical Services. The donation, made through the Ready 365 Giving Program, is a continuation of ConnectiCare’s partnership with the Red Cross Connecticut Chapter and elevates the company to a Gold level supporter.
“We’re grateful to ConnectiCare for their generous, continued support of the Red Cross mission,” said Mario Bruno, CEO, American Red Cross in Connecticut and Rhode Island. “ConnectiCare’s partnership supports the Red Cross in our efforts to help maintain a sufficient blood supply for hospital patients in need and fulfill our lifesaving mission each day.”
Through the partnership, ConnectiCare has helped advance the Red Cross’ mission by sponsoring blood drives and supporting the demand for blood and platelet donations. The Red Cross must collect about 12,500 donations of blood each day to meet U.S. hospital patient needs. Donated blood is essential in the care of patients relying on lifesaving blood transfusions for surgeries, cancer treatments, car accidents, and other emergencies. By sponsoring blood drives, companies like ConnectiCare not only help to collect lifesaving blood but also raise awareness about the need for donations.
“During these unprecedented times, organizations like the Red Cross are essential to providing a safe and healthy future for Connecticut communities,” said Eric Galvin, President, ConnectiCare. “We’re thankful for the opportunity to advance our partnership with the American Red Cross and support its mission of ensuring adequate blood supply for those in need.”
Last year, the American Red Cross Connecticut Chapter collected more than 101,000 pints of blood at more than 3,400 blood drives to provide lifesaving blood components, plasma derivatives, and transfusion services to hospitals and acute care facilities across the state.
About Ready 365:
Ready 365 Giving Program members are businesses that value the local impact and global reach of the Red Cross; they want to deepen their commitment to our mission; and they are ready to help save lives every day of the year.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/ct or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.
ConnectiCare is a leading health plan in the state of Connecticut. A local company for almost 40 years, ConnectiCare has a full range of products and services for businesses, municipalities, individuals and those who are Medicare-eligible. ConnectiCare leads the individual market in the state. ConnectiCare is part of the EmblemHealth family of companies. For more information, visit connecticare.com.