June 7, 2022

Featuring Adrienne Mendoza

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M*A*S*H – in real life!

In this episode of Raising The Bar Podcast, Allison talks with Adrienne B Mendoza.

Adrienne Blevins Mendoza became Senior Vice President with BioBridge Global and Chief Operating Officer (COO) for South Texas Blood & Tissue in January 2022. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Blood Operations after transitioning in December 2020 from her role as Vice President of Global Quality for BioBridge Global.

She has more than 20 years of experience in quality systems and regulatory affairs, Lean 6-Sigma and strategic planning, and she has expertise in blood and blood components, cell-based therapies and human tissue products. Adrienne completed undergraduate studies in Business Administration at California Coast University and Biology at California State University, San Marcos. She pursued graduate studies in Administrative Leadership at University of Oklahoma and later completed executive leadership programs in Business Culture at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She holds a certificate in Healthcare Executive Leadership from the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University and has been nominated to the 2022 Harvard Business School’s Young American Leaders Program. She enjoys team building, art, and music and loves spending time outdoors, camping and riding horses.

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Conversation Highlights:

[00:29] Who is Adrienne B Mendoza? [02:48]

  • Why is it important to donate blood?

[02:49] What is the Military’s ‘Brother-in-Arms’ program? [09:20]

  • Why is the ‘Brother in Arms’ program so successful?

[09:20] How have the donors changed in the last couple of years? [12:11]

  • Covid was a massive challenge!
  • South Texas Blood & Tissue Center helped patients by collecting plasma for treatment.
  • They ended up with 30,000 units of blood plasma.

[12:24] How are the regular donors changing every day? [14:56]

  • Aging is a huge factor!
  • High school students are learning the importance of blood donation.

[15:00] Adrienne’s strategy to make blood donation more convenient with increasing population… [16:58]

  • Adrienne’s new Blood Donation Centre is opening in Burney!

[18:24] How has the latest technology affected Blood Donation? [21:04]

  • What is an ALYX machine?
  • What are the benefits of using ALYX?

[21:33] What do they charge Patients for Blood that you give for free? [23:24]

[23:26] How has hiring changed for Adrienne over the last couple of years? [26:10]

  • What are the challenges that Adrienne faces in the recruitment process?

[27:16] How does weather affect the blood? [30:06]

Memorable Quotes:

“There is no substitute for blood.”

“If one donates blood three times a year, there will be no blood shortage in the country.”

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