Overview / Mission



What is SCABB?

Map-of-SCABB-States_ShadedSouth Central Association of Blood Banks (SCABB) is a nonprofit organization consisting of ten states assigned to four districts. The districts include District I, Texas; District II, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Oklahoma; District III, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi; District IV, Florida. Each district is represented by at least one district director. There is one additional director at-large. The individual members of the association are healthcare workers such as medical technologists, nurses, physicians, administrators, donor recruiters, phlebotomists, and industry representatives interested in the field of transfusion medicine. The institutional members are hospitals, blood donor centers, and blood testing centers. The corporate members are companies that support SCABB and provide products and services for the individual and institutional members of the organization.

South Central’s Mission

The Mission of South Central Association of Blood Banks is to provide opportunities for members to enhance their abilities to deliver quality blood services.

South Central’s Vision

To be recognized as the most reputable and conveniently accessible resource for education, professional development, suppliers and peer-to-peer networking in the blood banking and transfusion management industry.

The Purpose of South Central is to:

  • To promote, foster and support the exchange of ideas and material and dissemination of information related to blood banking, transfusion medicine, related technical methodology, and administrative practices associated with the above by education and open forums.
  • To provide information on current events related to blood banking to professional personnel and, on important policy questions, to represent blood banks to the general public through the region consisting of those states defined by the Association’s Bylaws.
  • To assist and support training of personnel in the field and provide mechanisms for individual professional growth.
  • To promote and foster opportunities for interaction throughout the region, supporting both exchange of ideas and camaraderie.

History

On December 7, 1947, delegates from 31 Texas cities, representing hospitals and blood banks that were actively engaged in the recruiting, collecting, processing, testing, and transfusing of blood, met in Dallas, Texas to form the Texas Association of Blood Banks. Their goal was to provide blood in the safest and most effective manner to the patient.

In 1958, the Association opened its doors to neighboring states. Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Oklahoma joined with Texas to form the South Central Association of Blood Banks (SCABB). Arizona, Colorado and Utah subsequently joined, forming a union of nine states.