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BloodSource announces merger with Blood Centers of the Pacific

Bags of blood wait to have the excess air removed after the Leukoreduction process – the process of removing white cells from whole blood to prepare blood for transfusions. BloodSource announced it is merging operations with San Francisco-based Blood Centers of the Pacific and will be part of Blood Systems, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based nonprofit organization.
Bags of blood wait to have the excess air removed after the Leukoreduction process – the process of removing white cells from whole blood to prepare blood for transfusions. BloodSource announced it is merging operations with San Francisco-based Blood Centers of the Pacific and will be part of Blood Systems, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based nonprofit organization. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

BloodSource, a blood center serving Central and Northern California, including the Sacramento region, announced it is merging operations with San Francisco-based Blood Centers of the Pacific and will be part of Blood Systems, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based nonprofit organization.

Blood Systems operates blood centers that serve more than 700 hospitals in 24 states. The joined organizations form the largest blood supplier in Northern and Central California, according to a BloodSource news release. The transaction is expected to close by the end of the year.

As hospitals form regional, state and national systems, they often seek one blood service provider. As one organization supported by the national resources of Blood Systems, Blood Source and Blood Centers of the Pacific, known as BCP, are poised to respond to larger hospital system opportunities, BloodSource officials said.

BloodSource was founded in 1948 by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society.

BloodSource and BCP will continue to use their respective names. Rob Van Tuyle, BloodSource CEO, will be the executive in charge of the two merged organizations. Dr. Nora Hirschler, current BCP CEO and president, will retire next spring.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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