Community Blood Center closing two donor centers

Community Blood Center in Dayton (WDTN Photo\Maytal Levi)
Community Blood Center in Dayton (WDTN PhotoMaytal Levi)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Community Blood Center announced that it is consolidating operations.

It will close donor centers in West Chester and Richmond, Indiana as a result. The last day of operations for those sites is September 25, 2015.

The CBC will also close its Donor Testing Laboratory in Dayton on September 30.

The CBC says the declining number of blood transfusions at CBC partner hospitals is part of a national trend and the key reason for the changes.

“We still need blood donors,” said CBC CEO David Smith, M.D. “There is no replacement for blood and no greater gift to patients in need. The decision to consolidate is difficult for us. But we know it will allow us to focus our efforts on operating more efficiently, and serving the entire community more responsibly.”

A representative told 2 News that ten positions are being eliminated. However, current employees will have the option to transfer and apply for positions at CBS’s main location in downtown Dayton.

The CBC says blood usage at area hospitals served by it has declined more than 20 percent in the past five years.

The Richmond donor center opened in 1974 while the West Chester branch has been operating since 2005. Although the operations will be closing, blood drives will continue in the area.

To participate in the blood drives, you’re encouraged to visit givingblood.org to learn more.

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