Blood Bank Laboratory relocating on June 5

May 26, 2022  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

As part of the ongoing series of renovations of the clinical laboratories at University Hospital, the Blood Bank Laboratory — and its landmark front window — will relocate about 135 feet to the east on Sunday, June 5.

A new hallway will run north/south along the east side of the pathology spaces, allowing access to the new Blood Bank as well the new Clinical Core Laboratory. Wayfinding signs will be posted to help you find the new window and a new artwork feature of leaves around the new door frame will be added. 

The Blood Bank window is used to pick up or drop off blood units or coolers of blood, drop off specimens for testing or to speak with attendings, house officers, management or techs in the Blood Bank. In addition, this is where researchers go to pick up residual specimens designated for research and expired blood units.

The Department of Pathology, in conjunction with Michigan Medicine, is in the middle of a multi-year, 50,000 sq. ft. renovation of the clinical laboratories housed in University Hospital. This renovation is focused on expanding the capabilities of the laboratories to optimize specimen throughput, enabling the laboratories to support providers and patients from Michigan Medicine, its affiliates and national clients through Michigan Medicine Laboratories outreach service (MLabs).

The newly renovated laboratories house new automation lines for chemistry and hematology, as well as state-of-the art space for other stat services.

The new Blood Bank will have modular, adaptable laboratory benches that enable the layout of the lab to change as technology evolves, additional space for the validation of new laboratory equipment, updated blood storage, optimized workflow and a separate space for the Reference Laboratory. The new RL space allows for an environment more conducive to work requiring intense focus while still allowing them to be visually connected through windows.

If you have questions regarding the relocation, please contact Terry Downs at 936-6862.

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