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America's Blood Centers

Who We Are

  • Founded in 1962, America's Blood Centers is North America's largest network of non-profit, community blood centers. Seventy-seven blood centers operate more than 600 collection sites in 45 U.S. states and Canada, providing half of the United States, and all of Canada's volunteer donor blood supply.
  • These centers serve more than 180 million people and provide blood products and services to more than 4,200 hospitals and health care facilities across North America. ABC's U.S. members are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. Canadian members are regulated by Health Canada.

ABC'S Blood Banking Philosophy

  • ABC members subscribe to a community-based blood banking philosophy. That means community donors know that the blood they give stays in that community first to help patients that are family members, friends and neighbors. Any excess supply is shared with other communities who need it most.

ABC Member Collections

  • ABC members collected more than 8 million units of whole blood in 2004 - half of the U.S. blood supply and all of Canada's volunteer donor blood supply.
  • ABC members yearly provide more than 10 million blood components (including red blood cells, platelets and plasma) to hospital customers.
  • ABC members also provide hospitals and their patients with a majority of the nation's tissue, bone marrow, stem cell and transfusion services.
  • Corporate blood drives are ABC members' largest source of blood donations, followed by schools, civic groups and the faith community.
    Research & Development
  • ABC members receive the majority of blood-related NIH research funds.
  • An ABC member (New York Blood Center) invented hepatitis B vaccine and solvent-detergent plasma sterilization.
  • An ABC member (BloodSource) received the first FDA accreditation for Fresh Frozen Plasma Donor Retested (FFP-DR).
  • Fifteen members manage cord
    blood banks for transplantation. New York Blood Center, an ABC member, operates the largest cord blood bank in America.

ABC Contact Information

  • 1-888-USBLOOD to learn the location of the nearest ABC blood center.
  • ABC Web Site: www.AmericasBlood.org

ABC Officers

  • President: Merlyn H. Sayers, MBBCh, PhD
  • Vice President: Donald Doddridge
  • Chief Executive Officer: Jim MacPherson

ABC Contact

  • Matt Granato: Director, National Programs & Marketing (Including MBYB)
    Tel: (202) 654-2911;
    E-mail: [email protected]

 

The Foundation for America's Blood Centers

The Foundation for America's Blood Centers is an independent 501 (c) (3) public education organization dedicated to help ensure a safe and adequate blood supply for all Americans. It provides funding for educational programs that promote and raise awareness of the need for volunteer blood donation for members of America's Blood Centers' national network of community blood centers.  The Foundation is committed to increasing public awareness about the need for blood donation to help ensure that all Americans have access to a safe and adequate blood supply. The creation of the My Blood, Your Blood® multimedia project underscores this commitment.

Foundation Contact:

Leslie Hill, Director, The Foundation for America's Blood Centers
Tel: (202) 654-2905, E-mail: [email protected]


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