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Community Blood Center

Community Blood Center

Mission Statement

Fifty years ago, a group of Kansas City area physicians, hospital and civic  leaders became the first architects of today’s Community Blood Center. Their  single-minded vision was to save lives by serving the needs of patients in this  community. Today, Community Blood Center meets that goal and offers many  other services. Our “Mission” is to provide a safe and  adequate supply of blood  and blood components to meet the transfusion needs of patients in our community.

As an independent, not-for-profit organization, Community Blood Center is an active participant member with America’s Blood Centers (ABC). ABC is the nation’s largest network of not-for-profit, independent community blood centers that collect over 50 percent of the nation’s blood supply at more than 600 blood collection centers. ABC members are licensed and regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and maintain the highest levels of quality control to ensure the safest and most dependable blood supply for the communities they serve.

History of Community Blood Center

“For the honor and privilege of serving millions of blood donors who provided the gift of life and hundreds of thousands of transfusion recipients whose lives have been touched during the past fifty years, Community Blood Center sincerely says, ‘Thank you’.”

Jay E. Menitove,
M.D. Executive Director and Medical Director

Community Blood Center opened in 1958 at its present address, 4040 Main St.

Blood Building PhotoA generation of Kansas Citians has grown up with Community Blood Center. They know if they, or someone they love needs blood in an emergency, Community Blood Center will make sure it’s there. That’s what Community Blood Center does. But that hasn’t always been the case. Over 40 years ago there was no centralized blood collection and distribution agency to serve the greater Kansas City area and its surrounding counties.

Instead, hospitals had to collect their own blood. If you needed blood, you had to rely on the kindness of your friends and relatives to donate blood on your behalf. If you had a rare type of blood, or there was a shortage in your area, your life was in jeopardy. That is why a group of community-minded physicians, hospital and civic leaders decided to organize Community Blood Center–to serve the needs of patients in the community, and ultimately to save lives.

Dr. Charles HungateDr. Charles Hungate 


Dr. Paul C. PlattDr. Paul C. Platt 


Dr. Carl FerrisDr. Carl Ferris 


Community Blood Center was founded by a group of area physicians
that included Dr. Charles Hungate, Dr. Paul C. Platt and Dr. Carl Ferris.

In fact, a March 28, 1957, Kansas City Star article quotes Robert Molgren, chairman of Community Blood Center’s first planning committee and a founding member of Community Blood Center as saying, “It insures an ample and constant supply of blood available to hospitals as patients’ needs arise. The problems of individuals are eased by this advanced collective action.”

With the opening of Community Blood Center, the area’s many blood collection and distribution resources were now coordinated under one organization. Hospitals no longer had to summon donors or buy blood from other sources. Community Blood Center created a central resource for collecting and processing blood and blood products, ensuring area patients access to the total blood supply available in the region.

Today, Community Blood Center meets that goal and offers many other services including:

  • A consistent program for testing; helping ensure the safety and purity of the blood supply;
  • A research program; designed to bring new tests and treatment options to the community;
  • Reference laboratory services; allowing physicians and hospitals immediate information on tests utilizing state-of-the-art technology;
  • Ongoing educational programs; offering the latest findings to the medical, technical and nursingcommunities, as well as the general public;
  • Convenient donation sites; blood is collected at nine neighborhood sites and more than 1,800 annual bloodmobiles. Of the 145,000 pints collected each year, approximately 65% are given through mobiles.

It is through the commitment of volunteer donors that Community Blood Center is able to maintain its heritage of service to the community. Since opening in 1958, over 800,000 patients have received blood donated at Community Blood Center locations or through mobiles.

In September of 1998, Community Blood Center acquired the assets of Kansas Blood Services (KBS) located in Topeka. This agreement brings hospitals, physicians and patients in nine counties in northeast Kansas under the stewardship of this area’s only locally-owned and operated, non-profit blood center.