Blood Donors wrapped around the Foundation and waited hours to donate blood to help those suffering from the terrorist attacks in New York City.
The implementation of Nucleic Amplification Technology (NAT) testing enhanced the screening process for all donated blood at South Bend Medical Foundation. NAT testing takes advantage of the window period before any antibody-antigen reaction can be detected, thus enabling earlier detection of HIV and Hepatitis C. SBMF was the first in the country to go live with West Nile Virus nucleic a cid testing.
South Bend Medical Foundation opened a laboratory at the Indianapolis Heart Center.
The Cytology Department introduced computer-assisted screening instrumentation for Pap screens.
Once again, South Bend Medical Foundation had grown and the Edison Lakes suite wasn't big enough for the blood donors and laboratory patients. The Foundation acquired land on the corner of Main Street and Edison Road in Mishawaka where a joint laboratory and blood donor facility was built.
Keeping up with the changes in technology is something the Foundation strives to do, and once again succeeded with the update of the Modular Pre-Analytics, or MPA, which replaced the CLAS system which was implemented in 1997. The MPA allows for a larger testing capability and increased efficiency.
"Saving Lives One Mile at a Time" is the theme of the new Bloodmobile owned by the Foundation. The mobile unit houses six donor beds, two screening rooms and a post donation refreshment area.