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Official Recognized for Role in Reopening and Relocation of Pentagon Blood Donor Center

02/17/2010
by April Crews, Staff Writer
COL Francisco Rentas, Director,ASBP presents Ms. Ellen Embrey, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs with a plaque of appreciation for her work with ASBP.
COL Francisco Rentas, Director,ASBP presents Ms. Ellen Embrey, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs with a plaque of appreciation for her work with ASBP.

On January 22, 2010, the grand re-opening of the Pentagon Blood Donor Center was celebrated with an open house and presentation to an official whose work and dedication made it possible for the center to relocate and reopen at a new site. The blood donor center had been operating out of a temporary location at the DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic for over two years, and its fate was uncertain. But in November of 2009, it moved from its temporary location to its new permanent location at the Pentagon’s concourse, in room 2D1063.

Several Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) officials attended the ceremony including COL Francisco Rentas, Director of the ASBP, Col. Stephen G. Beardsley III, ASBP Northern Region Blood Manager, and Captain Victoria McCarthy, Director, Walter Reed Blood Donor Center. Also in attendance was Ellen P. Embry, Assistant Secretary of Defense, Health Affairs, who was instrumental in ensuring the reopening and relocation of the Pentagon Blood Donor Center to its present location at the main concourse.

During the open house, a special presentation was given in honor of Ms. Embrey to commemorate her retirement and to recognize her commitment and work with the Pentagon Blood Donor Center. COL Rentas presented Embrey with a plaque of appreciation that included the official ASBP coin and a thank you message incorporating the program’s newest marketing campaign “Power of Blood”. Embrey was also given a bouquet of flowers from the soldiers who work at the center. “The Armed Services Blood Program has been near and dear to my heart for a long time,” Embrey said. ‘‘It’s been quite a journey, but the leadership here has been extraordinary.”

When asked about Embrey’s contribution to the Pentagon Blood Donor Center, COL Rentas remarked “Ms. Embrey is a staunch supporter of the program at every level and has been for many years. She played a significant role on the fresher blood to theater initiative, in the approval of a new DoD blood information system, and on the new location of this donor center. She will be missed by many.”

COL Beardsley also praised Embrey’s accomplishments stating “Ms. Embrey has been an advocate at the highest levels to ensure that our troops and our other patients receive the highest quality blood products throughout our spectrum of healthcare.  Her strong backing to assist the Pentagon Blood Donor Center in finding a new location convenient to all of the dedicated personnel serving in the Pentagon reflects the high priority that she's always given the Armed Services Blood Program.”

To schedule a donation appointment at the Pentagon or another ASBP blood donor center, visit the ASBP website at www.militaryblood.dod.mil.