In December 1950 the San Diego Blood Bank was established through the support of the San Diego County Medical Society. The foresight and dedication of founding fathers Dr. Thomas O'Connell and Dr. Frederick G. Hollander, led us to the San Diego Blood Bank of today, an organization known for excellence in its service to our community.
Prominent San Diegans have taken pride in the San Diego Blood Bank from its earliest beginnings. Mary Mulvey, R.N., Dr. Edward Levy, Jonas Salk, Allan Klauber, Neil Morgan, John Quimby, William Stephens, Sr., Legler Benbough, Dr. J.B. Askew, Mayor Harley Knox and Councilman Charles C. Dail are among those who supported it during its first two decades.
Throughout the years, the San Diego Blood Bank has stayed in the forefront of transfusion medicine, added donor centers and bloodmobiles to cover all of the region's neighborhoods, diversified the blood bank's donor base and formed lasting partnerships with organizations from all over the San Diego community. The San Diego Chargers, NBC 7/39, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Barona Casino, the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Viejas Enterprises, the Leukemia Society, the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, Sempra Energy, Qualcomm, the Southern California Cartoonists Society, the San Diego Padres and numerous local radio stations lead the list of more than 1,000 longtime San Diego Blood Bank community partners who help make blood donations possible.
An independent blood center serving some 50 hospitals in the Southern California Region, the San Diego Blood Bank is a member of America's Blood Centers, www.americasblood.org and the American Association of Blood Banks, www.aabb.org.
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