Coffee Memorial Blood center has made some major adjustments so they can keep their contract with Northwest Texas Hospital.
That includes cutting nine jobs and cutting expenses.
In return, they will continue their 64 year relationship with Northwest.
Coffee Memorial CEO Joe McCormick says there was tough competition.
"There wasn't a question between us an northwest. There was a request or proposal that was put out by northwest parent organization and another blood organization. A large blood organization did bid against us in the process," he says.
McCormick believes maintaining their relationship with Northwest is what is best for the patients, and the blood center, even if it means making some major adjustments to get the contract.
McCormick says, "we did have to lower the fees that we did charge for collecting recruiting, drawing, testing , processing and distributing blood. In order to meet that lower pricing, we did have to make some internal cuts here at the blood center."
Caytie Martin with Northwest says they wanted to keep their local contract.
But as a business, they of course entertained both bids.
Martin tells us, "we're very pleased and want to continue that relationship and intend to look forward to many more years with Coffee."
She says for the best quality care for patients, it makes sense to have a local blood supply.
McCormick says BSA and Coffee Memorial have a similar contract, and that contract is up.
He says he's confident they'll get that contract, too.
No word on when that decision will be made.