Robert Mericle, president of Mericle Commercial Real Estate Service, has announced that a joint venture between two major medical companies has become the 30th tenant in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park.
The non-profit operation, named LifeSource Geisinger, will collect and distribute blood in the new Geisinger Blood Center in Pittston Township.
The project is a joint venture between Geisinger Health Systems and LifeSource, a division of the Institute for Transfusion Medicine (ITxM). The facility will improve local blood delivery services to Geisinger patients and will improve the relationship with donors by offering convenient locations and hours.
The venture will be housed in FDA-regulated space in a Mericle flex building at 317 Enterprise Way in CenterPoint Commerce & Trade Park West. The operation, which will create at least 12 new jobs, will occupy just 6,400 square feet in an approximately 108,000 square foot flex building recently constructed on speculation by Mericle. The building is located just off Route 315, less than one mile from Interstates 81 and 476.
Mericle Vice President Bill Jones coordinated the lease transaction. “We are pleased our new facility meets the needs of this important project,” said Jones. “This is a vital service that will help countless area patients.”
In January 2012 ITxM began supplying 100 percent of Geisinger’s blood products. The joint venture is expected to bring additional transfusion medicine expertise to Geisinger including improved blood product inventory management, a more robust blood management program, and clinical trials that were previously unavailable to patients. This center will allow Geisinger to better manage the blood supply which will help better contain costs and prevent shortages in the future.
ITxM is one of the nation’s foremost organizations specializing in transfusion medicine and related services. Headquartered in Pittsburgh with offices in Chicagoland, Illinois, ITxM provides patients and medical facilities with comprehensive transfusion support, including medical staff consultation and treatment plans, along with testing and delivery of blood products. For more information, visit www.itxm.org.
Mericle Commercial Real Estate Services, founded by Rob Mericle, is a vertically-integrated company with more than 200 in-house professionals with expertise in all aspects of commercial real estate development and construction. The Mericle team includes licensed architects, land planners, professional engineers, surveyors, licensed electricians, plumbers, carpenters, certified public accountants, in-house legal counsel, leasing and marketing professionals, licensed brokers, property managers, and more.