About Us

Who We Are

Community Blood Center (CBC) began operation in September 1964 in the Fidelity Medical Building on South Main Street in Dayton. CBC was established to meet the growing demand for a centralized system of blood banking that would better serve patient blood needs in the Dayton area.

CBC initially supplied two Dayton area hospitals, but by 1965 it had expanded to provide the blood needs for all general hospitals in Dayton. Since 1967 CBC has grown to its present service area of 25 hospitals in 15 counties with an entirely volunteer donor base.

Significant facility expansion took place in the 70's with the opening of the first CBC branch in Springfield, OH in February 1971. CBC headquarters soon outgrew the Fidelity building and in January 1975 moved to its present facility at 349 South Main Street in downtown Dayton. 

Each day up to seven mobile blood drives (indoor and bloodmobile) are scheduled throughout the CBC service area.

At least 250 pints of whole blood must be collected daily from volunteer donors to supply hospitals and sufficiently meet patient transfusion needs. The annual need is projected at more than 70,000 units of blood products. All donated blood becomes part of the general blood supply. Each unit of blood is tested, typed, processed, and then distributed daily to the area hospitals.

In 1986 Community Blood Center launched the Dayton Regional Tissue Bank to help patients in need of life-saving or life-enhancing tissue grafts. In 1994 it was renamed Community Tissue Services. CTS grew rapidly, doubling in size each year, and expanded into five other states, becoming one of the largest tissue banks in the country and the largest non-profit provider of skin grafts for burn patients.

In the spring of 2011 CTS unveiled the new 90,000-square-foot Center for Tissue, Innovation and Research in Miami Valley Research Park in Kettering, OH. It is the heart of the CTS national network of more than 2,000 hospitals and physician clients, and is responsible for tissue processing, marketing and distribution worldwide, plus cutting-edge research and development.

CBC is a 501(c) 3, not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation. Operating income is derived from the charges made to the hospitals for blood and blood products, transfusions and for patient services and tests, as well as the distribution of tissue to hospitals and physicians.

CBC/CTS receive guidance from an all-volunteer board of trustees and advisory groups. Many of the 28 board members are associated with CBC's service hospitals or are community members who represent the interests of donors, patients, and physicians who rely on CBC/CTS services.