About America’s Blood Centers
Founded in 1962, America’s Blood Centers is North America’s largest network of community based , independent blood centers.
- America's Blood Centers' U.S. members are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Canadian members are regulated by Health Canada.
- Located in 45 U.S. states and Quebec, Canada.
America's Blood Centers' Members:
- Operate more than 600 donor centers.
- Provide blood products and services to more than 3,500 hospitals and healthcare facilities across North America.
To help member blood centers serve their communities.
In addition to the mission statement above, America's Blood Centers adopted four guiding principles that define our role and value to independent community blood centers: Innovation, Data Integration, Education, and Advocacy.
- America's Blood Centers member blood organizations play a critical role in our nation's response to disasters. The public has responded time and again by lining up to donate blood, but in a disaster it is the blood on the shelf that saves lives. Routine blood donation is the best way to ensure adequate supplies during a disaster.
- "…in a disaster it's the blood on the shelf that saves lives."
- Since 2002, America's Blood Centers has been a part of the AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism. America's Blood Centers works with representatives from various blood services and associations, governmental agencies and commercial entities to plan for and respond to any event that may impact the nation's blood supply, including natural (hurricanes) and man-made disasters (9/11).
- Cellular Therapies is a growing field in regenerative medicine that includes cord blood, bone marrow, and hematopoietic stem cells obtained from circulating blood. Each year more than 35,000 children and adults in the United States are diagnosed with diseases for which a marrow, umbilical cord or blood stem cell transplant could be a cure. Several America's Blood Centers members collect and prepare hematopoietic stem cells and cord bloods for transplant.
- America's Blood Centers was a founding member of the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), an organization that facilitates an average of 200 marrow or blood stem cell transplants each month. America's Blood Centers members actively support the work that's done to help give more than 20,000 patients a second chance at life. Members recruited about one-third of the donors in the NMDP registry.