RIBC and NYBC Merge

Fri, 02/08/2019 - 15:34

We are excited to announce that effective April 1, 2019, Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC) and New York Blood Center (NYBC) will merge as one organization to better enable us to advance our respective charitable missions and improve our ability to provide blood and blood-related products and services. As regional and national blood suppliers, the organizations have been working together for decades. This merger is the natural evolution of the affiliation that officially began in July 2017

Kara LeBlanc, Marketing Communications Manager of RIBC, says, “We will continue doing business as the Rhode Island Blood Center. More importantly, RIBC donors will continue to be the primary supplier of blood and blood products to the patients and hospitals we serve in Rhode Island and throughout New England.”

The merger serves to share best practices and efficiencies in all service lines from laboratory infectious disease testing, to blood and blood product management and utilization. The merger will also strengthen the shared missions of providing a safe, steady and cost-effective blood supply to the patients and hospitals NYBC Enterprises serves.

The NYBC network is responsible for providing over 800,000 units of blood annually, of which RIBC is currently responsible for approximately 80,000 units.

Public relations contact: Kara LeBlanc, Marketing Communications Manager, Rhode Island Blood Center, kleblanc@ribc.org, 401-455-8555.

About New York Blood Center: Founded in 1964, New York Blood Center (NYBC) is a nonprofit organization that is one of the largest independent, community-based blood centers in the world. NYBC, along with its partner organizations Community Blood Center of Kansas City, Missouri (CBC), Innovative Blood Resources (IBR), Blood Bank of Delmarva (BBD), and Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), collect approximately 4,000 units of blood products each day and serve local communities of more than 45 million people in the Tri-State area (NY, NJ, CT), Mid Atlantic area (PA, DE, MD), the Kansas City metropolitan area, Minnesota, Nebraska, Rhode Island, and Southern New England. NYBC and its partners also provide a wide array of transfusion-related medical services, including Comprehensive Cell Solutions, the National Center for Blood Group Genomics, the National Cord Blood Program, and the Lindsley F. Kimball Research Institute.