Community Blood Center announces merger with New York Blood Center

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A local blood donation center has merged with one in New York.

Community Blood Center of Greater Kansas City (CBC) and New York Blood Center (NYBC) announced on Monday that the combination of the two centers has been completed.

The merger creates one of the leading blood centers serving patients and hospitals in the Northeast and Midwest United States, providing the highest level of blood and hematology-related products and services, according to a press release from CBC.

“This is a proud day for NYBC. We can now celebrate our combination with the wonderful people of CBC, serving the Greater Kansas City community. With this merger complete, we look forward to working with our hospital partners there, developing and utilizing the resources and synergies of our combined entities in areas that include blood-related products and services, as well as advanced research and development,” NYBC Chairman Howard P. Milstein said.

CBC and NYBC also announced changes to the Board of Trustees of both organizations. In Kansas City, former CBC Chairman Mark Schmidtlein and Steve Wilkinson, president and CEO of Menorah Medical Center in Kansas City, will be joined on the CBC board by Milstein, NYBC President and CEO Christopher D. Hillyer, NYBC board member David Tendler and Beth Shaz, MD, Chief Medical Officer at NYBC.

In addition, Schmidtlein and former CBC board member Stephen Wurtzler will join NYBC’s board.

CBC will continue to operate under its own name in the Kansas City area.

CBC serves hospitals in the Kansas City metropolitan area as well as eastern Kansas and western Missouri. It provides nearly 200,000 blood products per year to approximately 70 area hospitals and calls on about 580 donors each day to give blood, according to the press release.

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