Tonight's Cover Story: Area hospitals return to the Red Cross

A shakeup in the way blood collection is handled in the Charlotte area.

In 2002, amid much fanfare, Presbyterian Hospitals broke away from the American Red Cross announcing it would not longer buy blood from the Red Cross to supply its area hospitals.

Presbyterian, Carolinas Medial Center and other area hospitals established their own blood collection group, "Community Blood Center of the Carolinas."

Hospitals announced they were making the unusual move to save money.  There was criticism at the time that the blood services of the Red Cross had become more political with national agendas not local priorities and strategies.

Now eight years later Presbyterian is returning to the Red Cross.

What's going on and what does that mean for area hospitals?  That's tonight's Cover Story at 7pm on WBTV News PrimeTime.