Versiti on King
What is Versiti on King?
Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin is projected to open a first-of-its-kind permanent blood center and community resource center on Milwaukee’s North Side in March 2024. Located within the ThriveOn King development, Versiti on King will provide valuable community resources, including:
- Employment and job skill training, including for new Versiti phlebotomists
- Disease education, including sickle cell disease, diabetes and other conditions commonly affecting communities of color
- Blood donation services, including a permanent Versiti donor center
- Community health navigator
- Basic social services
Through advocacy and community outreach, Versiti aims to further establish itself as a trusted resource and agent for change for donors and patients in historically underserved communities of color.
“Versiti has proudly been part of the Milwaukee community for 75 years. While we have made great strides to address racial disparities in blood and organ donation, we know there is much work yet to do. Through advocacy and community outreach, Versiti hopes to further establish itself as a trusted resource and agent of change for the donors and patients we serve.” – Chris Miskel, Versiti President and CEO
Who will Versiti on King benefit?
A number of diseases, including sickle cell, lupus, cancer and organ failure, disproportionately affect people of color. Versiti on King will partner with local experts to educate and raise awareness about the importance of blood donor diversity, disease education and available resources.