...My brief experience with the group has supported great opportunity and introduced me to knowledgeable contacts that will certainly aid me well as I continue to construct my future in blood banking.”

Dustin R. Conover

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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.