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Welcome to Blood Centers of the Pacific

Blood Centers of the Pacific

Nora Hirschler, M.D. President & CEO

Whether it’s a seven year-old battling leukemia, a father of four injured in a serious car accident or a 65 year-old woman having heart surgery, every day, hundreds of people in our communities need blood - and there is no substitute for it. Blood Centers of the Pacific provides the critical link between blood donors who generously give the gift of life and the local patients who need this lifesaving gift.

Blood Centers of the Pacific is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides blood and blood components to hospitals, physicians and patients throughout Northern California. It also houses the Blood Systems Research Institute which conducts medical research to improve blood safety and patient care. Blood Centers of the Pacific helps 50,000 patients every year with blood donated by community volunteers.

A subsidiary of Blood Systems, the second largest blood collection organization in the U.S., BCP is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors. BCP’s board represents community leaders in the fields of medicine, business and civic service and is licensed by the Food and Drug Administration.

We have approximately 400 full-time and part-time employees, including physicians, directors, laboratory assistants, phlebotomists, registered nurses, medical assistants, donor recruiters, hospital services personnel, research and administrative staff. We are dedicated to serving the community by ensuring there is always blood for those in need.

BCP works closely with businesses, community groups, non-profit organizations, churches, synagogues, schools and colleges to schedule “on-site” mobile blood drives. We process more than 200,000 blood components, and distribute about 145,000 pints of blood and almost 24,000 units of platelets to more than 40 hospitals annually.

Thousands of lives are sustained, even saved through blood transfusions and research that come from Blood Centers of the Pacific.

To donate blood at a local BCP site, or at a mobile drive near you, contact us at 1-888-393-GIVE.

You can also support BCP by becoming a volunteer or making a financial contribution:

  • Volunteer
    Anyone who is willing to donate their time is welcome to help us out in any of our donor sites. You can register donors, serve refreshments after the donation is completed and perform a variety of other valuable services.
  • Make a financial contribution
    Since BCP is a non-profit organization, we rely on the community’s generosity in helping us continue our life saving work. If you would like to make a tax deductible financial contribution please call 1-888-393-GIVE.

Blood Centers of the Pacific is licensed by the US Food & Drug Administration and the CA Department of Public Health.  It’s also accredited by the AABB and the European Union and a proud member of America’s Blood Centers, a national network of community-based blood centers.


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