Here at The Blood Center, we pride ourselves on being an organization of diversity. We work together to save and sustain lives, and we each bring a unique perspective when it comes to fulfilling our mission.
Many African-American professionals have paved the way for us, but one we would like to highlight in particular is Dr. Charles Drew. Known as the “Father of the Blood Bank”, he was an African-American physician, surgeon and medical researcher who was responsible for pioneering what we know today as the modern blood bank. Dr. Drew was one of the most important scientists of the 20th century. His research and developments regarding blood plasma during World War II not only saved a countless amount of lives, but it also innovated this nation’s blood banking process and standardized procedures for the long term.
Dr. Drew’s most significant achievements include discovering a system for long-term storage of blood plasma and establishing America's first large-scale blood bank. We appreciate Dr. Drew for creating the biggest development in our industry and for giving a second chance at life to millions.