Holly Heaton, an RN/JD who specializes in healthcare law, has been elected president of the San Diego Blood Bank’s Board of Directors; it was announced by CEO David Wellis, PhD. Ms. Heaton is a graduate of the University of Iowa with an BSN and the University of Denver with a JD degree. She was Vice President and senior Legal Counsel at Sharp Healthcare for 18 years until retiring in August 2010. During that time she also lectured at UCSD and SDSU in the nursing and healthcare programs and was an adjunct professor at SDSU. Prior to working at Sharp, she specialized in medical malpractice defense at law firms in San Diego (Higgs, Fletcher and Mack) and Denver, Colorado (Pryor, Carney and Johnson). Ms. Heaton also practiced as an ICU nurse in Denver for 7 years before attending law school. She and her husband (a professor of psychiatry at UCSD School of Medicine) live in the Del Mar area and have two daughters in college. Ms. Heaton has been on the Board since 2011. Read the full article.
More than 2,500 visited the 35th annual Chargers Blood Drive helping the San Diego Blood Bank collect more than 1,000 units of blood for local hospital patients. View Photos This is in addition to the 2,248 donors who gave blood during the Chargers Mania Blood Drive, which took place the week proceding the event. Read the full article.
The San Diego Blood Bank (SDBB) announced the appointment of David Wellis, Ph.D., as Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Wellis succeeds Ms. Ramona Walker, who is retiring in July. The SDBB provides the Southern California region’s hospitals with a wide range of blood banking services, including its Cell Therapy Program which processes and stores cord blood, facilitating lifesaving stem cell transplants to patients worldwide. “We greatly appreciate the long service and leadership of Ms. Walker, who oversaw the SDBB’s extraordinary growth to where we now service some 50 medical centers throughout Southern California, and have helped institutions in our region and around the country quickly and reliably meet their blood needs in times of urgent crises,” said SDBB Board President Shawn Hagerty. “Her extraordinary legacy is one of making possible the saving of thousands of lives, and helping create a highly respected organization.” Read the full article.