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By Laura Cooling | October 12 2012

Congratulations to Suzanne Butch, Administrative Manager Blood Bank and Transfusion Service, and W. John Judd, Emeritus Professor of Pathology.  Suzanne and John were awarded the Dale S. Smith Memorial Award at the recent 2012 AABB Annual Meeting in Boston, MA.  The Dale Smith Award is awarded by the National Blood Foundation and recognizes groundbreaking work performed in the application of technology to the practice of transfusion medicine.  Suzanne and John were recognized for their "pioneering acheivement and championing of the electronic computer crossmatch as a means to expand blood banking while ensuring patient care".  The University of Michigan was the first hospital to implement and validate the electronic crossmatch in the United States. At present, nearly 20% of US hospitals have now adopted the electronic crossmatch.