History of Lane Blood Center
(formerly Lane Memorial Blood Bank)
Our Mission: Supporting and sustaining life by providing a safe blood supply from volunteer donors.
In the beginning, every hospital in Lane County had its own system for drawing and processing blood for patients who needed it. These systems worked well for a time but it was difficult to assure blood would be available when it was required without wasting unused units. To help solve these problems and to keep pace with increasing use of blood and blood products in modern medical and surgical care, Lane Memorial Blood Bank was established in 1961 by a group of local pathologists. The blood bank was incorporated in the State of Oregon as a not-for-profit corporation under sponsorship of the Lane County Medical Society.
After operating as Lane Memorial Blood Bank for 50 years on February 25, 2011 the name was changed to Lane Blood Center. This was done to appeal to a broader donor base and to more accurately describe who we are and what we do. With this change comes a renewed commitment to serving Lane County, providing exceptional customer service and a plan to reach out to the next generation of life-long blood donors.
On October 1, 2014 Lane Blood Center and Bloodworks Northwest (formerly Puget Sound Blood Center) merged, with the two organizations aligning under a common strategy and management structure. The merger maintains a strong, local and trusted blood center while creating new operating efficiencies and sustainable costs. Volunteer members of the Lane Blood Center Board of Directors now serve on the Community Advisory Council, with two members also serving on the Bloodworks Northwest Board of Trustees.
Lane Blood Center is licensed by the US Food & Drug Administration and undergoes an annual FDA inspection to ensure compliance. It is a member of America’s Blood Centers, a nationwide organization of 76 non-profit community blood banks, and is accredited by the AABB (formerly American Association of Blood Banks). The blood center also participates in the National Blood Exchange.