River Valley Blood Services Region CEO Dies Suddenly
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Dr. Yenshen Hsueh, CEO of the River Valley Blood Services Region that includes Louisville, Ky., its largest collection territory, died suddenly Saturday in China.
He was ending a one-week vacation with his wife. No other details of his death are currently available.
Since 1996, Dr. Hsueh has managed 350 employees and the collection efforts of the River Valley Blood Services Region. The Region is composed of 70 counties which span northeastern Kentucky to southeastern Illinois and services 56 hospitals.
Dr. Hsueh has been with American Red Cross Blood Services since 1985. He joined the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region as Medical Director in 1985 and moved to the Appalachian Region in Roanoke, VA in 1991 as Principal Officer and Chief Medical Officer. He assumed the Louisville-based CEO position in 1996.
Before joining the Red Cross, Dr. Hsueh developed a distinguished medical career. He was board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology. He earned his medical degree from the Taipei University in Taiwan. He also studied medicine at the University of California. He finished his pathology training at Michigan State University with a
Transfusion Medicine Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati
In 2002, Dr. Hsueh was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Louisville Medical School, Department of Laboratory & Clinical Medicine.
In a 2001 employee newsletter article, Dr. Hsueh said that the Red Cross gave him a far-reaching outlet to help people. "Now, I think I'm benefiting more people; helping to save millions of people per year."
Dr. Hsueh is survived by his wife of 34 years, Mei, and son John, and daughter Cindy.
About the American Red Cross
Governed by volunteers and supported by giving individuals and communities, the American Red Cross is the single largest supplier of blood products to hospitals throughout the United States. While local hospital needs are always met first, the Red Cross also helps ensure no patient goes without blood no matter where or when they need it. In addition to providing nearly half of the nation's blood supply, the Red Cross provides relief to victims of disaster, trains millions in lifesaving skills, serves as a communication link between U.S. military members and their families, and assists victims of international disasters or conflicts.