An official media day event was held last week at the site of the new facility at 3026 Chapel Hill Road in Douglasville.
The 16,000-square-foot facility will officially open to receive plasma donations on Oct. 21, said Elisha Ott, a center manager.
The average number of blood plasma donors at BioLife centers is 2,000 per week. Donors are paid on a scale based on the frequency of donations, Ott said.
“Depending on how often they donate, donors can make up to $200 monthly,” Ott said.
Douglasville’s center will have from 50 to 75 employees and will have 72 donation beds, Ott said.
The new center represents a $7 million investment in the Douglas County community.
“We are also committed to building the highest quality facility that would be an asset to the community,” Ott said.
Douglas County Commissioner Mike Mulcare, in whose district the new center will operate, said the center will help diversify the county’s business community.
“BioLife is a thriving company and it offers a different job sector [compared] to the retail and restaurant businesses,” he said. “I am glad to see it come to Douglas County.”
A ceremonial ribbon cutting event for the new structure will be in November, although an exact date has not been announced.
Douglasville was selected as the state’s first BioLife site because of a variety of factors.
“Donation centers are placed based on the population, local support and potential donor population,” Ott said.
The company collects nearly three million liters of life-saving plasma annually. The plasma is used to treat trauma and burn victims as well as patients suffering from shock, Ott said.
“For those who come to us to donate, we offer a wide variety of amenities, including a supervised play area for children, ample parking, Wi-Fi, fastest and best in class processing times for donors, flexible hours and on-line donation scheduling,” she said.
In order to provide high quality service and a high level of safety to its donors and the patients who receive plasma from its centers, a host of governmental agencies license and regulate the company, Ott said.
Although the work of the company is centered on providing blood plasma to patients, its operation also impacts the financial health and commercial vitality of the areas in which it is located, she said.
“Douglasville is an excellent community and we are very much looking forward to becoming part of it,” Ott said.