(Corpus Christi, Texas – January 29, 2020) – Partnerships build better bonds, and nothing could showcase that patient-focused union better than the partnership with the Coastal Bend Blood Center and HALO-Flight and with the launch of whole blood on board each and every patient flight.

This new upgraded service for South Texans is credited to the Coastal Bend Blood Center, and with whom HALO-Flight proudly announces this life-saving benefit effective this week.

“The process of program implementation and governance,” states HALO-Flight Executive Director Tom Klassen “is paramount to our collective success with patients.”

Hemorrhagic death remains the leading cause of survivable death in trauma and resuscitation cases. “Research has proven that the number one intervention for patients facing such a fate is whole blood and whole blood as soon as possible,” explains HALO-Flight Nurse and Blood Program Coordinator Christal Tressider.

Since the launching of the pre-hospital blood program last summer by HALO-Flight, 29 South Texans have benefitted from this life-saving care. The addition of whole blood on board will rocket patient care especially when they find themselves victims of trauma.

To celebrate the advent of this service development, the Coastal Bend Blood Center and HALO-Flight invite you to meet with a HALO-Flight patient who was the first pre-hospital blood recipient, and learn how the Coastal Bend Blood Center is supplying this vital gift for countless South Texans.

WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 | 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: Coastal Bend Blood Center
209 North Padre Island Drive
Corpus Christi, Texas 78406
Donor Bay Area

“The Coastal Bend Blood Center is excited to be teaming up with HALO-Flight,” stated R. Corey Survant, President and CEO of the Coastal Bend Blood Center. “This strategic partnership is a game changer in our community for trauma care, and we are very proud to be working with HALO-Flight and their Mission of saving more lives throughout the Coastal Bend.”

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About HALO-Flight
For over three decades HALO-Flight, Inc., the only non-profit air ambulance serving South Texans, has delivered on the trauma and urgent medical needs of South Texans when minutes to a higher level of care mattered most, and regardless of their ability to pay.

With a fleet of three Bell 407 helicopters and one, twin-engine Bell 429 outfitted with Instrument Flight Rules operation, HALO-Flight has rapid launch bases in Alice and Beeville, and a dedicated air craft for Driscoll Children’s Hospital located at the Corpus Christi International Airport. HALO-Flight provides service in over 28,000 square miles of the Coastal Bend and South Texas responding last year to over 1300 victims of critical accidents, heart attacks, acute medical conditions, and fragile newborn patients, plus many more that might not have had a chance to survive otherwise. More information is available at

About the Coastal Bend Blood Center
The Coastal Bend Blood Center, established in 1969, is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3), community service organization committed to unifying, centralizing and consolidating blood donor services in the Coastal Bend. These services include donor recruiting, community education, drawing, processing and distribution. An effective and efficient organization, more than 90% of the Blood Center’s annual expenditures go directly to program services to benefit the community.
In the beginning, the Blood Center drew 6,000 donors annually. Today, over 35,000 caring individuals volunteer as donors each year. These donors enable the Blood Center to provide services to 19 medical facilities in its 10-county service area of Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Duval, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio. Bloodmobiles operate seven days a week to ensure that hospital and patient needs are met in this large geographical area.
The Coastal Bend Blood Center is the sole provider of blood supply for the Coastal Bend. Residents are encouraged to make life-saving donations of blood a habit this new year and, since January is National Blood Donor Month, there is no better time than now to donate.”