Blood Centers of the Pacific takes over Santa Rosa facility

SANTA ROSA – Blood Centers of the Pacific last week officially opened its Santa Rosa location, replacing Blood Bank of the Redwoods after the two organizations merged.

The San Francisco-based Blood Centers purchased Blood Bank of the Redwood’s 13,500 square-foot building on Bethards Drive on July 6 and began seeing donors on Aug. 1.

With the merger, Blood Centers added nine North Coast hospitals to its list of recipients, in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, bringing its total to 51 hospitals in Northern California, according to Lisa Bloch, spokeswoman for Blood Centers of the Pacific.

A total of 48 employees with the former Santa Rosa blood bank lost their jobs, Ms. Bloch said; another 48 stayed on with the organization, now headed by Nora Hirschler, president and CEO of the nonprofit San Francisco blood bank, the largest in the Bay Area. The two blood banks operated as independent agencies until the due diligence was completed.

Cathy Bryan, CEO of the Santa Rosa blood bank, will stay on for a brief period to help with the transition, officials said.

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