NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Blood Center Properties, Inc.

The recipient entity's physical address:
           8910 Linwood Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71106

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           8910 Linwood Ave.
Shreveport, LA 71106

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:
          Marvin H. Easley, Dr. J.R. Martin, Thomas C. Arnold, Robert D. Hoepner and Dr. Elenora A. Cawthon

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  2365

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $120,000

What type of request is this?  Capital Outlay Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           Board of Trustees (12)

Thomas (Tom) Simms, III Chairman
9945 Beaver Creek Dr.
Shreveport, LA 71106

Kay Shipp
Vice Chairman
1128 Lakeside Dr.
Monroe, LA 71203

Merrilee Leatherman
161 Maximilian Ln
Shreveport, LA 71105

John Matessino
Immediate Past Chair
Parish 9717 Island Rd.
Ventress, LA 70783

Walter Sanchez
1200 Ryan St.
Lake Charles, LA 70601

J. William (Bill) Hankins
1235 Peachtree Rd.
Sulphur, LA 70663

Larry E. Kane, MD
620 Bancroft Dr.
Beaumont, TX 77706

Nancy V. Smith, MD
188 Loblolly Lane
Choudrant, LA 71227

O. Michael (Mike) Harris
6141 Adams Street
Groves, Texas 77619-4701

J.R. (Jerry) Martin, M.D.
6658 Gilbert Pl.
Shreveport, LA 71106

Victor Sooter
2553 Hanes Rd.
Pineville, LA 71360

Margaret Wallace
6072 Dorchester Circle
Keithville, LA 71047

Executive Management

Chad A. Douglas
9436 Springridge Tx Ln Rd.
Keithville, LA 71047

Linda N. Allsup
Executive Vice President/CFO
2107 Landau Lane
Bossier City, LA 71111

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           LifeShare Blood Centers’ Lake Charles facility is seeking Capital Outlay funds to purchase and install a new generator for the blood center facility located at 214 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive. A new 125 kW generator is needed to ensure electrical power to the entire facility during times of power outages.

Critical blood storage and collection equipment is dependent on generator power when outages occur. Lifesaving red blood cell units are kept in refrigerated storage units, platelets which must be continuously agitated so they do not clot are stored in temperature controlled incubators and plasma is stored in freezers for up to one year.

LifeShare’s Immunohematology Reference Lab and Scientific Support Services (IRL/SSS) department serving parishes from Baton Rouge to Lake Charles and into Beaumont, Texas are also located in the Lake Charles facility. The IRL/SSS stores rare blood cells that are used to find compatible blood transfusion matches for patients with unique and rare blood types. Many of those are chronically ill patients who have received numerous blood transfusions over time such as sickle cell patients.

Additionally, the automated blood collection equipment used to collect specific blood components require considerable amounts of electricity to run. LifeShare’s pre-donation screening procedures mandated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are conducted using computers which are also dependent on electricity.
Without substantial electrical power, critical equipment used to provide lifesaving blood products and services is unable to operate. During times of devastating tropical storms and hurricanes, electrical power can be out for days, weeks or even months. A larger capacity diesel powered generator allows LifeShare to continue operations in order to maintain an adequate community blood supply, especially in times of disaster.

In 2016 LifeShare in Lake Charles completed construction on a flood wall to protect the facility from rising waters during torrential rains and storm surges. The flood wall protects the facility allowing it to remain operational during storms and immediately thereafter. It is imperative to have a generator on site that can provide power to the entire facility. That includes critical lab equipment, needed computers and printers to screen donors and label blood products, enough power to provide adequate lighting to see well enough to stick donors in the donor room and to control the temperature levels in the facility so that donors do not suffer reactions while giving blood. Critical supplies such as the blood component collection bags and kits must also be stored in temperature controlled environments according to the FDA.

The existing generator and transfer switch are over 20 years old and no longer supported by the manufacturer. The current 60 kW generator only has the capacity to power the most critical blood storage equipment in the laboratory and provide heating and cooling for just one department. The request is for a 125 kW generator with fuel storage tank and a service rated matching transfer switch. The electrical panels will be reconfigured to allow the entire facility to operate off generator power when needed.

The project budget is $120,000. The project is turnkey and the contractor will purchase and install all the needed equipment and supplies.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $0
          Professional Services. . . $15,000
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $25,000
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $75,000
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $5,000

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Blood saves lives and there is no substitute. LifeShare Blood Centers in Lake Charles provides blood products and services to six southwest Louisiana parishes including Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron, Jefferson Davis and Vernon. Ten major medical facilities in the region are served by LifeShare. The annual patient population for the region is over 105,000 with over 20,000 blood components used each year. Over one third of those components are collected at the LifeShare facility in Lake Charles and more than 14,000 blood units are collected on mobile blood drives that are distributed from the facility.

LifeShare Blood Centers is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees. The mission of LifeShare is to connect donors and the lives they impact.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          The goals and objectives of LifeShare are reflected in our mission statement. In order to provide lifesaving blood products and services, especially in a cost effective manner, we must have facilities that are operational in the direst of circumstances. In 2005 and again in 2008 Lake Charles’ LifeShare facility was devastated by tropical storms and hurricanes that closed the facility for many months, costing LifeShare over $1 million. The effects of these devastating storms lead to the construction of a flood wall in 2016. The wall and flood gates are designed to protect the facility from future torrential rains and storm surges. Reliable electrical power to the facility is also critical. A dry facility without electrical power still renders it non-operational.

The purchase and installation of a new 125 kW diesel generator will ensure LifeShare is able to provide for the ongoing community blood needs, especially during times of natural disasters. The larger capacity generator can support the electrical needs of the entire facility. As a result, LifeShare can meet local patient blood needs in a timely manner, keep local employees working while the community recovers and rebuilds, and provide opportunities for local citizens to support their community by giving blood to help someone else in need.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           six months from the time funding is secured

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  n/a

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Daphne Young 
                                       address:  2909 Kilpatrick Blvd.
Monroe, LA 71201

                                       phone:  318.651.4415
                                       fax:  318.651.4435
                                       relationship to entity:  Director, Development