Oklahoma Blood Institute honors Cherokee Nation Businesses for continued efforts and donations

March 3, 2017

CNB named Top Business Partner of the Year at OBI’s annual event

TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma Blood Institute is honoring Cherokee Nation Businesses for helping save thousands of lives throughout the state. The tribe’s business arm was recently named the Top Business Partner of the Year at OBI’s annual Blood Thanks & Giving Celebration.

CNB received the new distinction for its continued commitment to saving lives. The company hosted 23 blood drives in 2016, with more than 500 participating donors.

“Cherokee Nation Businesses has been a strong supporter of Oklahoma Blood Institute, Oklahoma’s only local, nonprofit blood provider and the sole supplier of blood to all Indian, children’s and veterans’ hospitals,” said Kenda Burnham, recruitment manager for northeast Oklahoma. “Their contributions as a community partner are invaluable and have contributed to helping save thousands of lives.”

Since partnering in 2010, OBI has recognized Cherokee Nation and CNB’s efforts with multiple awards.

The tribe and its businesses regularly hold blood drives throughout the year, and they encourage anyone who is able to donate and help save even more lives this year.

“I am very proud of our employees and their dedication to serving those in need,” said Shawn Slaton, chief executive officer of Cherokee Nation Businesses. “It is an honor to see them recognized for their integral role in helping save lives.”

As one of the nation’s largest nonprofit blood centers, Oklahoma Blood Institute serves more than 165 hospitals and medical facilities statewide, including Cherokee Nation’s W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.

The need for blood donations is constant. In fact, Oklahoma Blood Institute requires an average of 1,000 units per day just to meet patient demand for the hospitals they serve.

OBI’s Blood Thanks & Giving Celebration honors donors, drive coordinators, volunteers and partnering hospitals. The ceremony and dinner were held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa. Oklahoma Blood Institute President and CEO John Armitage, M.D., gave the keynote address and recognized Hall of Fame donors who have donated at least 200 times. The evening also included introductions of blood recipients to their lifesaving donors.

For more information on Oklahoma Blood Institute, visit www.obi.org.